Education: Flash in the Night

From Rochester, N. Y., locus of the Eastman Kodak Works, came news. An experiment had been made with aerial photography at night by flashlight. A Martin bomber 3000 feet up dropped 50 pounds of flashlight powder which was detonated in midair. Seven special cameras and a cinema machine clicked. There was a swift and powerful flash—it lasted only one-fiftieth of a second—then a tremendous explosion "rocked the buildings," "broke windows" (a few). The photographs were a "success." "Useful in war," said observers.


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