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Sheman Mills Fairchild


Pioneer & Inventor

Born: April 7, 1896 in Oneonta, New York
Death: March 28, 1971
Enshrined: 1979

Vastly improved upon aerial cameras making them electric rather than hand wound with better resolution and capable of taking photos in set intervals.

Showed the importance of aerial photography in peacetime through aerial mapmaking.

Created an aircraft specifically for aerial photography.

Revolutionized aerial cameras, film was developed, and the production of cameras.

Founded Fairchild Aerial Camera Corporation, Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Fairchild Airplane Manufacturing Corporation, Fairchild Aviation Corporation,  Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, and Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation.

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