Scottish Sun: "Birdseye View - Breathtaking Aerial Pictures Of Scotland Taken By Daredevil WW1 Pilot Who Survived Nine Crashes"


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"These are some of the earliest aerial images taken by a daredevil British pilot from a plane – including a stunning snap from Edinburgh in 1920.

Alfred Buckham, born in 1879, was one of the 19th century’s greatest aviators – who captured the images by standing in an open cockpit with his leg tied to the seat.

The pilot risked his life to get the breathtaking pictures and previously took to the skies against doctors’ orders before surviving nine plane crashes.

His aerial view of Edinburgh has become one of the most popular photographs in the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection.

A spokesman for the National Galleries of Scotland said: “We are thrilled Alfred G. Buckham’s images continue to be so popular with the public.

“His exceptional Aerial View of Edinburgh, about 1920, is one of the most well-loved and instantly recognisable images in the National Galleries of Scotland collection and was immensely popular when we shared it online a few weeks ago, both with our UK audience and across the Atlantic.

“A number of Buckham’s fantastic photographs will be on display in our upcoming exhibition Planes, Trains and Automobiles in Transportation Photographs from the National Galleries of Scotland, which the public can enjoy for free at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery from June 2”.

The London-born photographer was enlisted into the photographic division of the Royal Navy in 1917.

Buckham was stationed first at Turnhouse near Edinburgh and was later transferred to the Grand Fleet based at Rosyth on the Firth of Forth.

On his missions, he took two cameras, one for his technical photography for the Navy and the other for personal use.

In 1919 he was discharged out of the Royal Navy as one hundred per cent disabled.

But despite the accident he retained a passion for the area, capturing the incredible image of Edinburgh.

Buckham’s extraordinary pictures can be viewed online on the National Galleries for Scotland website.

They can also be viewed on request at the gallery."
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But almost hard to believe they are taken from inside an aircraft cockpit.
Didn't cameras in those days have really long exposures? Everything should be blurred.
Hot air balloon sounds more plausible.

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