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

Sean Caron scaron at
Thu Jan 1 23:55:28 CST 1970

Here's the picture if anyone's interested; it turns out that the issue is
from 1993:

This may have actually been a University operated project; I don't believe
it's actually a military aircraft ... but I see at least one BA23 in the
cabin :O I believe the aircraft is a DC-8.



On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 7:18 PM, Sean Caron <scaron at> wrote:

> 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
> up.
> Best,
> Sean
> 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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