First aerial photograph in USA – 10/13/1860

J. W. Black aerial photo

J. W. Black aerial photo

First successful aerial photograph made in the USA, by J. W. Black, 10/13/1860, from a balloon tethered over Boston Common. Left, the original, at the Boston Public Library. Right, a view from the same spot, same day and time, 2012. Helicopter R-22.