From: Mordor Illlinois
ORIGINAL: Matti Kuokkanen
The programs were loaded from cassette tape.
Let me guess: it was not magnetic tape, but punched paper tape
Actually , that would be me. In 1972 my High school had such a computer, and it would take up to several hours to load our favorite game---it was called "moon lander".
at least your computer would play a game.
ours would not do even that.
Steve, you would prolly know the system, I worked in the Nato Seasparrow Surface Missile System.
I was active US Navy from 84-90 and sailed on the Uss Oldendorf DD972 (I have heard it is now scrapped) and the USS Nimitz CVN 68.
BTW it was magnetic cassette tape, not paper. (not quite that bad, but close!)
For those who have never heard of this missile system, it was called NATO because it was supposed to be common among all NATO ships. No new components were made, all that was done was to pull existing components from other systems and put them together. That way, it was not realy a new system and all the spare parts were already in the logistics system.
Easy on spare parts but made for some silly features.
Yeah , like when the Saratoga showed it's anti-surface capability by blasting the bridge of a escorting Turkish destroyer!I always wondered if the surface warfare developement people talked to the air warfare folks first...the Sparrow had a less than stellar reputation during the Vietnam war.
Like so many other systems , the USN has pretty much replaced it (or is replacing it) with the RAM system (Built in cooperation with the Germans) , or even earlier on some ships (like the Knox class ) by CWIS.
Was the Oldendorf scrapped? I thought she'd been sunk. It's much easier for the USN to sink ships then get all the EPA approvals to scrap them. And I think it's the way the ships would prefer , going downb in a blaze of glory , instead of cut into razor blades.