mobile minis/ Re: XH558 - was Re: using new technology etc

Guy Sotomayor ggs at
Thu Jan 1 23:00:31 CST 1970

> On Jun 19, 2015, at 3:08 PM, Brent Hilpert <hilpert at> wrote:
> On 2015-Jun-19, at 9:07 AM, Christian Gauger-Cosgrove wrote:
>> 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.
> Another example of shipboard use:
> Quote from  HP Measure Oct 1976:
> 	One of the first 2116As sold is still being used aboard a research vessel operated
> 	by Woods Hole Institute of Oceanography in Massachusetts, which has purchased
> 	at least a dozen other HP computers since then. The original one still works like a
> 	charm ten years later-even though it's been bounced around, loaded and unloaded
> 	and exposed to the corrosive salt air.
> "One of the first 2116As" would place this at 1966-1967.
> A pic here shows it being craned onto the ship.

When I worked at IBM Boca Raton, on one of the buildings was a ship based radar.
It was installed to do testing for the ship mounted System/3 that IBM sold at the time.

TTFN - Guy

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