Aerial Photography

Aerial Photography

The GIS & Mapping Service's aerial photography collection includes photographs in various formats, sizes, and scales dating as far back as 1937.


Aerial imagery is available on-line in the Historic Imagery Viewer application. Currently this application includes: 1937, 1953/54, 1997 and 2013. We will add additional years as the digital data become available.


Photographs available for viewing in person include:

  • 1937 photographic paper prints (for some areas of the county, 1943 is the oldest year available)

  • 1953/1954 photographic paper prints

  • 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1998 semi-rectified photographs on mylar film. The 1968-1978 are half tone positives and the 1980-1998 are continuous tone positives. The scale is approximately 1 inch = 500 feet and the boundaries correspond to the tax map grid.

Photocopies of the semi-rectified photographs from mylar film can be purchased at the front counter in Suite 117. See price list for details.The 1937/43 and the 1953/54 photographs are available for viewing/research purposes only, and copies are not available from Fairfax County. 


Digital aerial imagery (orthophotos) are available for sale. See the Data page for more detials.

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