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Thomas Doughty Photographs
This collection of photographs belonged to Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Thomas Doughty. He was a Navy Aerial Photographer in the late 1930’s when these pictures were taken.
I can’t imagine being in a Navy Biplane, standing in the rear cockpit and leaning out over the side with such a big camera and still take a good photograph. Some of the conditions he had to contend with, vibration of the aircraft, the cold wind rushing by, turbulence and bouncing of the aircraft, and then holding the camera steady enough to take a good photograph. When you consider all these conditions, these photographs are amazing.
Many of the “Official Navy Photographs” from the late 1930’s are in this collection and I presume were taken by Mr. Doughty. I know of at least one instance where there was a picture of a couple of PBY aircraft flying in formation and two “Official Navy Photographs” were cropped from the one picture.