Historic photos - 1981 at the airport

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Behind the Scenes at the Airport, 1981

Reels of magnetic tape for ACP80, British Telecom's “world-beating new computer system for speeding billions of pounds worth of cargo through Heathrow and Gatwick airports.”

The tape library contained essential backup information on Heathrow and Gatwick cargo.

ACP80 - air cargo processing in the '80s - was brought into service by British Telecom's commercial computing wing, the National Data Processing Service. Located at BT’s computer centre at Harmondsworth, near Heathrow, the new computer system was inaugurated by the Duke of Kent on December 10, 1981.

Identifier: CW-SMAGTAPE-002

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Each month TNMOC curators highlight an image from the Computer Weekly photo collection held at the museum. The collection contains about 10,000 images of computer scenes and equipment. A selection of images and a link to the catalogue is on the TNMOC Flickr account.

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