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Gaspard Felix Tournachon (a.k.a. Felix Nadar) French photographer who took the first aerial picture from out his balloon “Le Geant” (“The Giant”) in 1858. source: Wikipedia
Arthur Batut French photographer who took the first aerial picture by kite in 1889. This picture was published in his book La photographie aérienne par cerf-volant in 1890. Aerial picture of Labrugière source: Wikipedia
Alfred Bernhard Nobel Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator and armaments manufacturer who took the first picture by a rocket carried camera in 1896. source: Wikipedia Alfred Maul German engineer who patented a system to bring camera equipment into the air by a big calibre canon or rocket. The first picture was taken in 1904 .
Different purposes for taking aerial pictures
Cartography as basis for topographic maps source: Google maps aerial picture of Berlin - Mitte Topographic map of Berlin - Mitte
Environmental surveys source: U.S. Geological Survey Greenpeace Oil spill (Exxon Valdez accident) Ocean dumping of liquid chemicals
Archeology source: Landesamt für Denkmal- pflege Baden-Württemberg remains of a former Roman estate
Military aerial reconnaisance source: Google Earth Airfield Berlin-Tempelhof 1945
The equipment of the early days and today
My way of KAP Bunker-Archealogy from out the air
Dutch machine gun bunker combined with a German bunker and a peace of corridor German bunker for a target search light
Overview of the German Sea target battery at Scheveningen source (map): Ambachtsheer: Van Verdediging tot bescherming