Mini & Mainframe Power Requirements

From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <>
Date: Mon Jan 19 23:55:53 1998 wrote:
> > Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt (it was filthy). One nice
> > thing about the 400 hz 3-phase APUs we had in the USAF is that they
> > were on wheels. (Of course, powering up a C-5A Galaxy takes a bigger
> > unit than most mainframes. Even old ones.)
> Holy! That much required to make the C-5A go?! That is enough to
> light and heat everything in a average house or maybe two.

The C-5A Galaxy cargo aircraft was 288 feet long with slightly more
wingspread. The auxilliary power units were capable of powering the
whole damned thing's normal lighting, hydraulics, etc., plus provide
starting power for the four engines (officially the same GE model
used on a 747, but beefed up a bit for the USAF). The main problem
with bringing one home is that they burn a shitload of JP-4 kerosine
jetfuel, and they're louder than fight between a punk and its parents.
Ward Griffiths
Dylan:  How many years must some people exist, 
			before they're allowed to be free?
WDG3rd:  If they "must" exist until they're "allowed",
			they'll never be free.
Received on Mon Jan 19 1998 - 23:55:53 GMT

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