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Comment: Re:What tech challenges? (Score 1) 54

I am sure there is a very significant technical challenge getting those awesome aircraft back in the air

The only challenge is the size of the checks. These aircraft have been restored and maintained just as they were in the 1940's -- the only difference is that it's been done by well-paid commercial mechanics making a lot more than the enlisted mechanics who did it in the 1940's, or by retirees doing it for the love of it. The money comes from either wealthy enthusiasts or preservation groups that sell tickets to airshows.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming