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From: William Donzelli <>
Date: Sat Jan 4 10:49:00 2003

> Did anyone here realize that the B-29 was the first aircraft to have a
> fire-control analog computer?

Be careful. Some earlier bombers were fitted with AN/APG-5 radars (a
slightly older version of the AN/APG-15s found in B-29s). These 'APG-5s
have small computers called a CP-8/APG-5s, used to do crude calculations
on the ranges. These CP-8s were reused with the AN/APG-15s, alongside the
big electromechanical things in the B-29s (that I can not remember the
name of).

One thing you will find about this list is that the words "never",
"always", "first", and "last" should be handled very carefully.

William Donzelli
Received on Sat Jan 04 2003 - 10:49:00 GMT

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