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Pioneers of aerial photography to be honored posthumously

A Kansas couple who helped pioneer the use of aerial photography will be honored at the 25th annual Wright Brothers Celebration in Wichita to be held on Saturday, 6th November. Martin and Osa Johnson were the first to photograph Africa’s wildlife from the air and introduced Depression-era Americans to people and animals from around the world. They will be inducted posthumously into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame.

The Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame inductees, the Johnsons, were a husband-and-wife team that traveled the world photographing and filming native peoples and wildlife. Their films and photographs were some of the first quality images of wildlife. Saturday’s event is hosted by the Kansas Aviation Museum. More than 300 are expected to attend, organizers say. The event, held at the Hilton Wichita Airport, includes a reception, silent auction and banquet.