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

William Donzelli wdonzelli at
Thu Jan 1 23:08:42 CST 1970

I can not think of a worse computer to do radar data analysis. Do you
mean System/360?

Still, Boca Raton was a S/3 stronghold.


On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 6:48 PM, Guy Sotomayor <ggs at> wrote:
>> 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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