Air Traffic Control Radar Scope, 1969

Summary

Federal oversight of air traffic control began in 1938, but radar technology -- perfected during World War II -- was not implemented until the late 1950s. This computer-integrated radar scope, used at Detroit Metro Airport from 1970 to 2001, was one of the first units capable of simultaneously displaying an airplane's position and its assigned flight number. It wears serial number 1.

Federal oversight of air traffic control began in 1938, but radar technology -- perfected during World War II -- was not implemented until the late 1950s. This computer-integrated radar scope, used at Detroit Metro Airport from 1970 to 2001, was one of the first units capable of simultaneously displaying an airplane's position and its assigned flight number. It wears serial number 1.

Artifact

Radarscope

Date Made

1969

Subject Date

1970-2001

Creators

Texas Instruments Incorporated 

Sperry Rand Corporation. Univac Division 

Place of Creation

United States, Texas, Dallas 

United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul 

Creator Notes

Made by Texas Instruments Incorporated, Dallas, Texas, for Univac Division of Sperry Rand Corporation, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.30.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of FAA / Detroit Metro ATCT.

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