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

Sean Caron scaron at
Thu Jan 1 23:29:45 CST 1970

I have a National Geographic somewhere on my shelf that has an article
about remote sensing and I vividly recall at least one interior shot of the
U.S. government aircraft used to gather the imagery for the article; it was
fitted with a bunch of operator workstations for the folks operating the
various sensor platforms and I could swear the stations were built around
something in a BA23 ... probably a VAX given the vintage of the article ...
I'll have to see if I can find the picture real quick & I'll try to scan it



On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 6:08 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.

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