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CDC 3800 Computer Console (right side)


Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

CDC 3800 Computer Console (right side)

Collection Item Summary:

This is part of the Control Data 3800 series mainframe computer installed and used for many years at the Consolidated Space Test Center, Sunnyvale, California, where it was used in the management of various military space activities. The CDC 3800 was a military version of a general-purpose, commercial mainframe computer.

This computer was in operation at the CSTC from the late 1960s through Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force


  • Base: beige-painted steel
  • Console: beige-painted particle board
  • Control Panel: gray steel, plastice buttons, blue Plexiglas


3-D: 182.9 x 81.3 x 94cm (72 x 32 x 37 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose

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