Military Spec Speed Graphic 4×5 Large Format Camera – 1944

Beautiful Anniversary Speed Graphic by Graflex made in 1944 for the USAAF. All black edition of this classic camera. Considered to be the pre-eminent press camera of its era.

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It features a Kodak Supermatic leaf shutter to 1/400, a Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7 lens, dual shutters with the inclusion of a rear focal plane shutter capable of a 1/1000 top speed! For the 1940s, this was the bang!

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This image is from the US Army technical manual for this camera. Of note, this version features an all blacked-out body and flash unit.

This camera is part of a complete set (film holders and Graflex flash units) all housed in a custom mahogany box made for the USAAF. I believe this set was specially designed for use by a General’s staff, the base or squadron commanding officer or by the public affairs office as it looks as though it led a pretty comfy life. It certainly doesn’t look like it bounced around in aircraft of the day.

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Inside of the custom wood box made by Graflex for the USAAF. Here we can see the stamped markings from the box lid (inside).

Everything looks to be in full working order right down to both shutters. It will be film tested soon by its owner after I finish my adjustments and finalize my detailing of such a fine machine.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Amelia Island’s New Airport Terminal – A Bold Design Executed Flawlessly

The Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida airport terminal is almost complete and the design is unique and stunning! Designed to pay homage to the U.S. Navy Corsair fighter from World War II.

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It’s sure to be a tourist attraction and I believe the designers should get a tip of the hat for taking such a bold idea and executing it to perfection. Here the workers are installing the last of the glass panels that form the skylight-canopy.

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Everywhere you look you see quality touches and the attention to detail is unmatched anywhere in the City of Fernandina Beach.

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From the second-floor observation deck looking towards the tail section.

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The runway side of the terminal is the airplane’s cowling – notice the Pratt & Whitney Eagle logo.

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What a cool bicycle rack!

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The Corsair has landed!

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Early stages of construction from January of this year.

What a lovely air terminal to welcome visitors and residents alike to beautiful Amelia Island. If you’re ever passing through extreme Northeast Florida, by all means, take the time to stop in and check out our terminal. They’ll be historical displays featured inside the three-story lobby specifically tailored to recognize our military heritage and the brave aviators that flew the Navy Corsairs during the War.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

Happy SUNday!

Our local municipal airport is getting a new terminal building – evoking the feeling that it’s a WWII U.S. Navy F4U Corsair (which during the war these airplanes were used to train Naval aviators at this airfield).

It’s taking wing!

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U.S. Navy F4U Corsair

Have a great day!

 

Peace C&C ^.^

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