Camera, Terrain Board, USAF

This is the television camera from a flight simulator system used in the 1970s and 1980s by the U.S. Air Force. Pilots trained for missions by using "terrain boards": scale models of terrain, over which was moved a camera connected to controls in a flight simulator. The traineee saw an image on the simulator windows that corresponded to what he or she would see if flying a real airplne over that terrain.

Beginning in the late-1980s, computer graphics replaced these mechanical systems for training.

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force

Physical Description:
Rectangular black box with several control knobs and a second part that consists of a square metal frame with six light fixtures and associated wiring.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Redifon

Type
EQUIPMENT-Training Devices

Materials
Metal frame, glass optics, wires for controls.
Dimensions
Overall: 2 ft. 4 in. tall x 2 ft. wide (71.1 x 61cm)
Other (Light fixture): 1 ft. 10 in. long x 2 ft. wide (55.9 x 61cm)
Other (Liight fixture): 1 ft. tall (30.5cm)
Other (Camera): 2 ft. 4 in. tall x 2 ft. long x 2 ft. wide (71.1 x 61 x 61cm)

This is the television camera from a flight simulator system used in the 1970s and 1980s by the U.S. Air Force. Pilots trained for missions by using "terrain boards": scale models of terrain, over which was moved a camera connected to controls in a flight simulator. The traineee saw an image on the simulator windows that corresponded to what he or she would see if flying a real airplne over that terrain.

Beginning in the late-1980s, computer graphics replaced these mechanical systems for training.

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force

Physical Description:
Rectangular black box with several control knobs and a second part that consists of a square metal frame with six light fixtures and associated wiring.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Redifon

Type
EQUIPMENT-Training Devices

Materials
Metal frame, glass optics, wires for controls.
Dimensions
Overall: 2 ft. 4 in. tall x 2 ft. wide (71.1 x 61cm)
Other (Light fixture): 1 ft. 10 in. long x 2 ft. wide (55.9 x 61cm)
Other (Liight fixture): 1 ft. tall (30.5cm)
Other (Camera): 2 ft. 4 in. tall x 2 ft. long x 2 ft. wide (71.1 x 61 x 61cm)

ID: A19890002000