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isuA380B777
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What Aircraft Is This?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:29 pm

Hi all

This is a historical picture taken in 1956. Workers are trying to load a 5MB hard drive in to this air craft. What is this aircraft?

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Isuru


Big version: Width: 350 Height: 440 File size: 26kb
 
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RE: What Aircraft Is This?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:48 pm

Looks like a PanAm DC-6. Nice computer lol
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RE: What Aircraft Is This?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:49 pm

Quoting Cessna057 (Reply 1):

I figured it would be a Douglas....I was thinking a -3.
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RE: What Aircraft Is This?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:55 pm

Well with the 5MB hard drive being that big I would say it would have to be during the 60's maybe 70's. So I would presume DC-6. Also, you can tell its not a DC-3 since its obviously not sitting there at an angle.
 
isuA380B777
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RE: What Aircraft Is This?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 3:10 pm

Quoting Cessna057 (Reply 1):
Nice computer lol

I love my tiny 2GB pen drive guys!!!

Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 3):
Well with the 5MB hard drive being that big I would say it would have to be during the 60's maybe 70's.

It was 1956. The hard drive is off the IBM 305 RAMAC. First commercial computer that used a hard disk drive.
 
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RE: What Aircraft Is This?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 3:13 pm

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 2):
I figured it would be a Douglas....I was thinking a -3.

The 3 is a taildragger. the 6 is a main gear config
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RE: What Aircraft Is This?

Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:00 pm

Confirm the DC6 as well.

If that picture was taken in 1956 it cannot have been a DC7CF because these had been ordered in 1956 and the cargo conversions took place in 1959. Otherwise, it would be quite difficult to distinguish a 6 from a 7 with that picture.

The L1049F is ruled out as well. Pan>Am did not have Conny freighters at this time.
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RE: What Aircraft Is This?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:16 am

Five megabytes ... I'll check, but that sounds like a lot for 1956.
 
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RE: What Aircraft Is This?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:29 am

Quoting IsuA380B777 (Reply 4):
The hard drive is off the IBM 305 RAMAC

Spot on!  thumbsup 

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 6):
Confirm the DC6 as well.
If that picture was taken in 1956 it cannot have been a DC7CF because these had been ordered in 1956 and the cargo conversions took place in 1959. Otherwise, it would be quite difficult to distinguish a 6 from a 7 with that picture.

Agreed. We can easily exclude the DC-4 due to the shape of the windows.
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RE: What Aircraft Is This?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:49 am

"Assembled with covers, the 350 was 60 inches long, 68 inches high and 29 inches deep. It was configured with 50 magnetic disks containing 50,000 sectors, each of which held 100 alphanumeric characters, for a capacity of 5 million characters."

So, something like 5MB all right.
 
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RE: What Aircraft Is This?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:53 am

It's a DC-5 1/2. And the hard drive was for the auto-land system on the aircraft. Everything would have worked fine (theoretically) except the hard drive kept 'crashing', and the airline industry doesn't like the word "crashing" associated with anything on their airplanes, so they scrapped the auto-land idea for a few more decades.

(Ooops! They don't like the word "scrapped", either!. Hmmm, let's see: Oh, here it is: "They recycled the auto-land idea for a few more decades." Yeah, that sounds better!)  laughing 
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