Peru from the Air

Peru from the Air

Peru from the Air

Peru from the Air

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The aerial photographs of Peru presented in this volume were selected from a large collection taken by Lieutenant George R. Johnson, a fellow of the American Geographical Society, in his official capacity as Chief Photographer of the Peruvian Naval Air Service and Instructor in Aerial Photography at the Naval Air Base at Ancón from June 15, 1928, to January 1, 1930. Three groups of photographs, giving a representative cross section of the topography of Peru and the life of its people, have been selected: (1) Photographs of characteristic features of the coastal region--its irrigated valleys and their ports, its desert plains and barren mountains, its coastal terraces and the high coastal hills that form much of the border of the land; (2) a series of photographs taken in a flight from the port of Mollendo across the Coast Range and the high desert pampas that lie between it and the Andes to Arequipa, and thence up through the snow-capped volcanic peaks that crown the western margin of the plateau of the Andes in the vicinity of Arequipa to the deep gorge of the Colca River with its terraced valley floor, its close-set villages, and its pasture lands high up on the mature, waste-cloaked surface of the plateau summit; and (3) a series of photographs of the Chanchamayo Valley, best known of the eastern valleys of the Peruvian Andes, and of scenes along the Ucayali River and its tributaries in the Amazon lowland.

Lieutenant Johnson wishes to express his thanks to Commander H. B. Grow, U. S. Naval Reserve, Inspector-General of Aviation of Peru, under whose direction the majority of the photographs were made, to Commander B. Wyatt, U. S. Navy, Commanding Officer of the Peruvian Naval Air Base at Ancón, to Lieutenant Alvarino, Peruvian Naval Air Service, Commanding Officer at the Naval Air Base at San Ramón, and to the pilots who flew the planes from which the photographs were taken--Lieutenant Lloyd Moore, U. S. Navy, Chief Instructor at the Ancón Naval Air Base, Lieutenant C. K. Travis, U. S. Army Reserve Corps, Chief Instructor of the Peruvian Army Air Corps, and Ensign Pedro Greva, Peruvian Naval Air Service, who piloted the official planes, and Henry Elliot and Captain H. R. Harris, of the Pan American-Grace Airways, who piloted the commercial planes from which a number of the photographs were taken.

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