XH558 - was Re: using new technology etc

ANDY HOLT andy.holt at tesco.net
Thu Jan 1 19:24:02 CST 1970

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From: "Christian Gauger-Cosgrove" <captainkirk359 at gmail.com>

Is the Lancaster at Duxford the other flightworthy one? I can't recall.

Bringing this topic full circle, does anyone know if any minicomputers
(DEC PDP-8s or 11s, DG Novæ, HP 21XXs, et cetera) were ever used on
aircraft? Not transported by one, but I mean setup and used on one.

Not finding it easy to get a definitive answer but

It's a fair bet that some military computers using the PDP/11 architecture were used … probably on AEW, AWACS, and maritime patrol planes.
Brits will, of course, have used UK computers such as versions of the GEC2050 or GEC4080 or possibly versions of the Ferranti Argus range (though those may have been too heavy for airborne use as they were designed for shipboard use)

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