Aerial Photography — From Balloon to Rocket

by J. Robert Quick, USAF Sensor Evaluation Center, Air Force Avionics Lab., Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 2, Pg. 46-48

Document Type: Feature article


Aerial photography began long before the Wright brothers first flew an airplane in 1903. Lifted aloft by balloons and/or kites, cameras snapped aerial photos of Paris and Boston as early as the 1860's. One of the early pictures shows San Francisco burning after the 1906 earthquake. Here are some of the most dramatic and significant of the early photos.

Subject Headings: Aerial photography | Aircraft and spacecraft | Cameras | Earthquakes | Paris | France | Europe | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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