Aircraft bomb-aiming mechanical computer
This ‘bombsight’ mechanical computer was used on board Lancaster and other aircraft in the Second World War. It was used to aim the bombs, taking factors such as aircraft height and speed and weather conditions into account.
Unlike electronic computers, which are programmed using software, mechanical computers carried out their computations according to the physical shape and design of the mechanism. The gears, linkages and cams literally embodied the equations that needed to be solved.
- Currently on display in:
- Codebreaker – Alan Turing's life and legacy
- Year made :
- c. 1942
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