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Title
Aircraft bomb-aiming mechanical computer
Computer bombsight type T1 by A C Spark Plug Division, GMC
Work Type
Computing & Data Processing
Date
1940-1945
Location
Michigan
Material
aluminium alloy; copper (alloy); electronic components; metal (unknown); paint; plastic (unidentified); steel (metal); tin plated
Measurements
overall: 460 mm x 235 mm x 570 mm, 17.91 kg
Description
Computer bombsight type T1, mechanical analogue device, by A C Spark Plug Division, General Motors Company, Flint, Michigan, USA, 1940-1945. This is an American version of a British bomb-aiming computer.; This bombsight mechanical computer was used on board Lancaster and other aircraft in the Second World War. It was used to aim the bombs, taking factors such as aircraft height and speed and weather conditions into account. Unlike electronic computers, which are programmed using software, mechanical computers carried out their computations according to the physical shape and design of the mechanism, which can be seen at the back of the machine.The gears, linkages and cams literally embodied the equations that needed to be solved.
Subject
computer
ID Number
co62556
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group - https://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk
Rights
The source metadata displayed in the Description field is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. All other source metadata is released under Creative Commons Zero - https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/. The image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/.
File Properties
File Name
large_1983_1462__0002_.jpg
SSID
26430858

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