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The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives

Cartographers and historians alike will be interested in The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives:

Evidenceincamera has been created by The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives (TARA) at Keele University. Our aim is to make the aerial reconnaissance photographs, deposited by the UK Ministry of Defence at TARA, accessible via the internet.

During World War II, photgraphic reconnaissance played a major part in the intelligence war. The advanced photographic techniques developed, gave intelligence officers the ability to view the enemies activities in 3D, and make highly accurate assessments. Discover a new way of looking at our history, and our future at evidenceincamera.

Unanticipated levels of traffic to the site have forced the temporary closure of the archive, although they are working to bring the site up in the near future.

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In 1960 I was in the 501 Aviation Company of Combat Command A of the First Armor at Fort Hood, Texas. I was the radar crew chief for tracking and plotting the radio controlled aerial photo drone. I think the drone was made by Radioplane. It had a four cylinder opposed engine, carried enough fuel for thirty minutes flight, had a large box camera, was launched from a tripod with jato rockets, and had a 44 foot cargo parachute for landing. I would appreciate a photo of the drone and information about it.

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