THE GUN CAMERA:
Giving New Meaning To The Term “Shooting Photos”
By Bill Dobbins
Photography and airplanes came together in WWI when aerial cameras were used to shoot photographs for intelligence and surveillance of battlefield and enemy positions. A few years later the British Royal Flying Corps started outfitting fighting planes with cameras used to record the effectiveness of machine gun fire.
By WWII all the different air forces had adopted the use of camera guns. These were synced to machine buns and cannon – when the trigger of a weapon was pulled this also caused the camera to begin recording. This created a visual record of the effectiveness of bullets or canon shells on enemy aircraft or staffing of enemy positions.
The gun camera footage that survives today has been used in countless movies and TV shows. Gun cameras are also used extensively to record “combat” in simulated dog fight scenarios presented by a number of services that give individuals the experience of what air to air fighting is all about.
Bill Dobbins is a pro photographer located in Los Angeles. He is a veteran photographer and videographer who has exhibited his fine art in two museums and a number of galleries and who has published eight books, including two fine art photo books:
The Women: Photographs of The Top Female Bodybuilders (Artisan)
Modern Amazons (Tashen)
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