Air Traffic Control gallery opens at The National Museum of Computing

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Iris radar powered by restored PDP-11 minicomputer

The gallery features an historic green-screen, round IRIS radar display (an investigative radar recording system) with working 1970’s PDP-11 hardware that has been restored to working order by TNMOC volunteers. This eye-catching console and screen operated behind closed doors at Nats Control Centre in West Drayton for 25 years until it was decommissioned in 2008. Alongside it is a current Alpha workstation from the Nats control centre at Swanwick that is very versatile and performs a number of roles in air traffic control.

The Nats Air Traffic Control Gallery can be visited by the public on the tours of the museum.

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