The Computers of Commercial Flight

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How have computers transformed commercial flight? Think about the last time you purchased an airplane ticket. More than likely, you bought that ticket online—but that’s just one of the many ways computers have become crucial tools to the airline industry. They are used to book tickets, plan flights, schedule aircraft and crew, oversee maintenance, set fares, and even help fly the very planes we all travel in.

In the late 1950s, American Airlines pioneered the use of a computer reservation system, and in 1963 American installed its Semi-Automated Business Environment, or SABRE. Other airlines followed American’s lead and developed their own computer reservation systems.

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  1. If you look closely in the center of that “Digital Fly By Wire” aircraft, you will find the Apollo Guidance Computer DSKY (the user interface used on the Apollo launches). The AGC was used in these early fly by wire aircraft (the F8). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Guidance_Computer#Applications_outside_Apollo

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