Project Snapshot Snapshots

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Luther Hux took stunning aerial photographs from a camera mounted in a model aircraft.

The first model he built for aerial photography, Snapshot 1, dates to 1977 and served as his test bed for ideas and practice. The second model in the series, Snapshot II was the real workhouse. While flying Snapshot II, Luther took many of the photographs that were published in issues of Model Aviation.

Snapshot 1 was donated to the museum in 1983.

Shared here are a few of Luther’s famous images, as well as photographs of him and the model posing on the ground together. Luther has shared a larger collection of his images on Project Snapshot’s official website.

Snapshot 1 is a twi-boom puhser design. It has an elongated nose where the camera sits.
Snapshot 1 in the museum’s hobby shop replica.
A model skydiver figure in all white floats above grasslands just before the red and white parachute opens. The wing of the model airplane can be seen in the upper right.
A RC model skydiver is released from a model airplane. This mid-air picture was taken by Snapshot II.  Photo from the article “Christopher RC Parachutist,” Model Aviation, January 1983.
A very green flying field with trees to the right is seen from the air.
A flying field as seen from the air. Photo from “Project Snapshot on the Road,” Model Aviation, June 1980.
A rocket stands proudly in front of a building - both look very tiny from the aerial vantage point.
NASA’s Goddard Visitor Center, as seen from the air in about 1978. Photo from “Project Snapshot on the Road,” Model Aviation, June 1980.
National Geographic‘s headquarters, as seen from the air in about 1978. Photo from “Project Snapshot on the Road,” Model Aviation, June 1980.
The SCA with the Enterprise attached sits on a runway. The tower and terminal of Dulles International Airport is seen in the background.
NASA’s SCA carrying the Enterprise Space Shuttle at Dulles International Airport on June 12, 1983. Photo from “A Day with Project Snapshot,” Model Aviation, May 1984.
Luther Hux is standing next to Snapshot II is on the grounds of Dulles International Airport. The termainal, SCA and Enterprise are in the background.
Luther Hux posing with Snapshot II at Dulles International Airport on June 12, 1983. In the background is the SCA and Enterprise. Photo from “A Day with Project Snapshot,” Model Aviation, May 1984.

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