Military & Aerospace History

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Today in Military History: On Aug. 7, 1944, IBM handed over its Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (ASCC) to Harvard University where is it known as the Harvard Mark 1. The giant machine was used for calculations for the US Navy’s Bureau of Ships and the Manhattan Project.

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Today in Aerospace History: On Aug. 6, 1955, Boeing’s legendary flight test chief Tex Johnston barrel-rolled the company’s new Model 367-80 jet that was the prototype for two iconic and enduring aircraft: the US Air Force’s KC-135 Stratotanker and the game-changing 707 Stratoliner passenger aircraft.

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Doug Birkey, the executive director of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, gives us an exclusive tour of his extensive, museum-quality collection of military aviation artifacts, including a Martin-Baker Mk H7 ejection seat from an F-4 Phantom II fighter, an engine cowl panel from a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, aircraft instruments, engine controls and rare, autographed books and documents.

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