TITLE

Fighter pilots take laptops on board

PUB. DATE
August 1990
SOURCE
Design News;8/20/90, Vol. 46 Issue 16, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that the U.S. Marine Corps pilots are using 12-lb laptops to program mission data into AV-8B Harrier II computers. Portable 386-based computers allow the Marine Corps to program Harrier missions from just about anywhere. This is important because the aircraft is designed to operate where landing strips and ground support facilities are often unavailable. The program creates an overlay of the flight plan, which is integrated with a digital image of a map of the mission area stored on a ruggedized optical disk. During a mission, the overlay is displayed on screen in the cockpit, with the moving map showing the pilot where he is relative to the plan.
ACCESSION #
15910381

 

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