Aerial Photography

Title:                      Aerial Photography

Author:                 Grover Heiman

Heiman, Grover (1972). Aerial Photography: The Story of Aerial Mapping And Reconnaissance. New York: Macmillan

LCCN:    72083763

TR810 .H4


Date Updated:  April 29, 2016

Reviewed by George C. Constantinides[1]

Heiman, formerly a reconnaissance expert with the U.S. Air Force, traces the developments in cameras and planes from earliest days and ends by describing current radar and infrared photography as well as satellites that have been officially acknowledged by the United States as reconnaissance devices. The book, part of the Air Force Academy series, devotes greatest attention to aircraft and cameras and especially to U.S. developments, although some foreign contributions are briefly mentioned, such as the work of Sidney Cotton. The contributions of George Goddard are duly acknowledged. The emphasis on technical developments means that in a book of this size, the work of individuals and units involved in combat reconnaissance and PI is not expanded on as much as one would like; thus we have only a cursory account of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. (For an expert account of this crisis, see Don Moser’s “The U2, Cuba and the CIA” in the October 1977 edition of American Heritage.) Heiman’s book is recommended by specialists in the fields of aerial photography and PI as a very good general account of the subjects.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[2]

A broad survey of the work of the camera and aircraft in aerial mapping and reconnaissance throughout history. Emphasizes the use of aircraft and photography as instruments of intelligence affecting military and national power.

[1] Constantinides, George C. (1983). Intelligence and Espionage: An Analytical Bibliography. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, p. 232

[2] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 109


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