Aerial Photography

Image of AircraftThe 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 shown below. Currently this application includes: 1937, 1953, 1960, 1976, 1980, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Additional years will be added as the digital data become available. Instructions for using the application are in the "About" splash page. A full screen version of the viewer is also available. To see information on downloading and using digital imagery as well as a list of hard copy photos available for viewing in our office, scroll down past the interactive map below.




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.

Photocopies of the semi-rectified photographs from mylar film can be purchased at the GIS & Mapping Services office. 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. Visitors are welcome to photograph any of the print/mylar photographs with their own cameras.

Fairfax Virtual Assistant