Aerial Photographic Reconnaissance

aerial photographic reconnaissance

[′e·rē·əl ‚fōd·ə¦graf·ik ri′kän·ə·səns]

Aerial Photographic Reconnaissance

 

one of the basic methods of aerial reconnaissance; it includes the photographing of enemy troops, engineering construction sites, and terrain with aerial cameras mounted on airplanes or on other types of aircraft and the developing and deciphering of photographs.

It is used to reveal and study targets, to determine their precise location by coordinates, and to refine topographical maps for the immediate security of military actions. Aerial photographing can be performed during the day by the natural illumination of the terrain or at night using artificial illumination from photographic bomb flares, photorockets, or specialized electrical equipment.

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Finnegan well documents, aerial photographic reconnaissance became the mainstay of artillery spotting; knowledge of infantry contact as battles unfolded; and deep looks at enemy preparations, logistics, and communications networks.
His involvement with intelligence began during World War II, when he was sent accidentally from the Army to an Air Force unit and ended up in aerial photographic reconnaissance.