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AERIAL CAMERAS
My taste:Aerial cameras sometimes are very ugly heavy metal boxes (and thus not very interesting and too expensive for shipment). Therefore I have only a few and I'll add only those I'll find more "interesting".

1) HAND HELD: Early aerial cameras were hand held and activated by the photographer during flight so they were designed for quick handling and keeping the camera safe in combats.  (thus making them ugly and heavy!) - see the K-20 bellow
2) ELECTRIC: as the technology demanded automatic action and those camera became real-heavy so the "newer" cameras are simple metal boxes with a lens and output-wires which controls everything (dull)  - see the G-45 Williamson bellow

1) HAND HELD: K-20 military aerial camera,  US-NAVY,    1941-1945


Manufactured by the Folmer Graflex Corp. (Rochester) : specialy ordered by the US-Navy based on the Fairchild camera-design and modified for the army needs.  Approx. 15,000 made  (based on the George Eastman house-site) Mostly found in black, the one I have (top pic) is off-white/platinum. (for hot climate?)

Used in the 40's for American military purposes and later in WWI.  Hand held (as in pic.)

back from mission: holding two K-20s (from the National Archives)

TECHNICAL  DATA
Used a 200ft. rollfilm  (50 exposures), image size of 4X5.   LENS:  161mm Kodak Anastigmat f4.5, SPEEDS:  125 250 500 . An optical finder on top.  Has a vacum back for the film (and not a film-magazine) Serial # USN 43-4927  (does it means, made in 1943?)

View from the opened-back:  The circular part is the vacum-back, a big empty film-holder and the optical finder (on top) can be seen clearly (as my wife said: What a heavy typewriter...)
see EASTMAN HOUSE site for more info. on the K-20
 

2) ELECTRIC  G-45  WILLIAMSON military aerial camera, UK, 1940s-


A small fully auotomated 16mm movie camera that shoots every time the plane's gun fires (when the gun's trigger is pressed). The camera was hanged bellow the wing thus the film showing actual bullets effect and hits. as I said a dull-metal box but the camera was found loaded with film.... just think what's in that film.......

NOVELTY  U-2 SPY PLANE - 1960s toy - including a big glider, camera and timerr
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NOVELTY  AERIAL  KITE  CAMERA toy
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