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Rare Early WW2 MK1 Line Of Position Navigational Computer

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Extremely rare pre/early WW2 Line of Position MK1 Fairchild-Maxson Type 193 Navigational Computer. We found one other of these while researching, and is in the Smithsonian. Supposedly only a few dozen of these were contracted. We did find a third party photo of another of these rare computers as displayed in the Smithsonian. The Fairchild-Maxson line-of-position computer was an amazingly engineered mechanical computer in which the data sets of different celestial tables were coded onto gears and cams in cassettes that plugged into the main unit. By inputting the elevation of a celestial body and the time, the device would compute a line of position eliminating a number of mathematical calculations. Unfortunately the unit was very expensive and took up valuable space. Nonetheless, it was very useful for Howard Hughes' 1938 around-the-world flight. Overall weight in original wood case is 33lbs.

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This item is part of MILITARY COLLECTIBLES AUCTION Tues 12-11-2018 @5pm
 Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018 | 5:00 PM  Eastern
 


Rare Early WW2 MK1 Line Of Position Navigational Computer
Rare Early WW2 MK1 Line Of Position Navigational Computer
Lot number: 19a
Seller: Bagwell & Assoc. Auction Co.,Inc.
Event: MILITARY COLLECTIBLES AUCTION Tues 12-11-2018 @5pm
Ends: Tuesday, December 11 | 5:00 PM  Eastern

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