The GIS & Mapping Service's aerial imagery collection includes photographs in various formats, sizes, and scales dating as far back as 1937. By accessing any of the data, maps, or applications provided by Fairfax County, you agree to the terms in our disclaimer.
Aerial imagery is available on-line in the
Historic Imagery Viewer application. Currently this application
includes: 1937, 1953, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and
We will add additional years as the digital data become available.
The 1937 and 1953/54 imagery may be downloaded for free from the county's ShareFile site as sets of zipped files. If internet connectivity is slow, it is recommended to download each ZIP file individually.
Fairfax County does not provide software or technical support for viewing imagery. Free GIS viewing software is available from private vendors (ex: Esri's Explorer products).
Statewide aerial imagery for multiple years is available for viewing and purchasing via The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) website.
Imagery years available for viewing in person at the GIS & Mapping Services office are:
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.
The 1937/43 and the 1953/54 photographs are available for viewing/research purposes only, and copies are not available from Fairfax County. Visitors are welcome to photograph any of the print/mylar photographs with their own cameras.