A drive into Mountain View CA..1 1/2 hours..took us to the Computer History Museum, Moffett Field and the Winchester House.
John was in Tech Heaven with the visit to the Museum bringing back many memories from military to present days. Over the years he has lost tract of the number of computers he has used and owned. In 1976 he built an Altair 8800. He said I made him throw it out.He still has copy of the Popular Electronics magazine. The museum has some very interesting exhibits exploring the history of computing and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world.The exhibits bring to life computer hardward,software, documentation,photographs, histories and moving images of the first 2,000 years of computing.
|Model of a Sage Facility|
|SAGE at McGuire AFB-1960's|
|About the Quipu|
|Do you Remember Back When?|
|Quite a Contraption|
|Popular Electronics and Altair Display|
The Babbage, a 150 year old computer, designed by Charles Babbage in 1849, but failed to be built until 1991. A demonstration is given daily of its operation.
|Charles Babbage Signage|
On display is the driverless Google car giving you the opportunity to get up close and learn how it works. Think I will stick to our 2003 Malibu.
|About the Google Car|
|Not Sure About This|
The museum features 20 areas of viewing, cafe, orientation theater and museum store. The 20 areas of viewing take you from the Calculators to What's Next?
|Map of Museum|
Got John's picture by the Cray 1.
|Signage About Cray 1|
|Sitting by the Cray 1|
After lunch in the Cafe,we stopped at Moffett Field which is now home to NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER. The Moffett Field Museum is open to the public and houses displays and artifacts of military history from the 1930's to present. Moffett Field was home to a lighter than air squadron sub-chasing blimps,supersonic jets and strange experimental aircraft.In it final days it was the Pacific Command Center for P-3 Orion Sub hunters. NASA is now custodian of the base.
Hangar One's floor covers 8 acres and could accommodate seven football fields. The USS Macon was still a tight fit. After the Macon was lost at sea, the hanger was used for maintenance shops, laboratories, offices and facilities for blimps and aircraft.
|Hangar One Back in 1930's|
|Hangar 1 Today|
In 1997, it was discovered that the siding was leaching toxic chemicals and the skin was removed leaving the frame. Google made an offer in 2012 to restore the siding reserving some of the space for a museum using part of the space for parking their private airplanes;however, the offer has been met with silence from NASA.
Continuing on we made a brief stop at the Winchester House. We were disappointed to learn that you cannot take photos inside the mansion, so decided instead to just do an outside garden walk. The inside tour takes over an hour and covers 110 rooms at a cost of $25.
It took us over 2 1/2 hours to return to Fairfield with traffic at a standstill on 680. How do these people do it twice a day?Couldn't pay us enough to work and live here. Stopped at "In and Out" for a burger..first one since Texas.