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Re: FiFi a B-29 bomber used in WWII
I saw that plane in Hickory NC a few years ago.
at that time it was the only one that could fly, I heard some people had rebuilt another one.
I was amazed at how modern it looked when it was more than 70 years old.
I read that the guns fired by remote control the gunners would aim at something and computer would decide witch of two guns to use.
Someone was laying it on pretty thick. There were no computers that would fit in a plane back in WWII. The transistor (the main electronic component of computers) wasn't invented until 1947. Prior to then, vacuum tubes were used and a computer with the power of a Commodore VIC 20 (the first real computer for the masses) took up the space of a large room.
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