1960 UNIVAC 1050-II Computer History Archives -Air Force Military VietNam; Unisys history


Brief educational video featuring UNIVAC Model 1050-II used by the US Air Force beginning in 1963 and lasting many years. UNIVAC 1050 was part of Air Force Standard Base-level Supply System (SBSS) automation strategy for material and logistics. Film shows operator’s console, card reader, card punch, high speed printer and tape unit. Includes photos and rare film clips from 1963-1966, including US Base in DaNang, VietNam. Editor: Mark Greenia; Narrator: David Melvin.

Key Terms:
Data Processing
Punch Card Reader
Computer Operator
Military Computer
Viet Nam War DaNang
Base Supply System

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  1. Member of U.S. Air Force conversion team that replaced the Univac 1050-II(s) to Unisys 1100 computers. First conversion
    was done in 1982 at Langley AFB, Va.

  2. One has to wonder how IBM lost their bid on this massive contract, and just how bad a day the sales manager in Armonk had when the award was announced.

  3. In 1975/76 we had four 1050s running at Kadena AFB Okinawa, 2 assigned and two returned from Viet Nam bases for rebuild. You could do a lot with 80 card columns. The 1050 was shut down when lighting strikes were within seven miles of the base to prevent the heads from hitting the drum and doing major damage.

  4. I was an Air Force 30534-E Computer Maintenance Technician in the early 80's. The 1050 was still in operation at that time and I spent 3 years maintaining that equipment. By the time I was working the 1050s we were holding them together with duct tape and chicken wire. lol. I worked on one of the last ones before the AF went to the Unisys 1100 system that replaced it and I moved on to that. Got to build a couple of new computer rooms at the time. Man does this video bring back some memories.

  5. Whenever I hear about the Univac Computer, I always think of Uniblab from the cartoon series The Jetsons.

  6. WOW! I've been a customer engineer at Remington Rand Univac in Brazil for many years, maintaining this model (my first training on mainframes) and also the 1004, 1005, 9200, 9300, 9400, 1100/10, 90/30, 90/40 and 1100/60. More romantic times…


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