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This is really pretty cool -- a 1953 Navy training film on the components of a mechanical fire control computer.  Steampunk for our parent's generation -- this kind of gear/sprocket exercise is what my dad studied as a mechanical engineer.

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  1. Doug:

    Brings back memories. Stationed aboard a 30 year old reserve destroyer in the early seventies, I shared a space with one of these and its operators. They were really fun to watch during firing exercises, getting plenty of exercise themselves.

    I also carried an analog pocket calculator.