IBM 7090/94 in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)

Group Captain Lionel Mandrake uses the IBM on the base and finds the last remaining radio in its 1403 printer from which discovers the Brigadier General's duplicity.

Importance: ***
Realism: ***
It probably should have been a SAGE system for authenticity, but that would not have been available at the time as the system was in active use then.

Visibility: *****




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This was, apparently, shot at IBM's London computer centre.
2017-07-26 14:23

colin pickup

I worked on the IBM 7090 from 1964 to 1973 at the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station at RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire. (BMEWS). It was a great machine and as a computer operator, I recall playing the song 'Anchors Aweigh' on the IBM 1403 printer which is shown in the movie 'Dr. Strangelove'.
2019-11-14 07:48