Why did they flag it up? Because, while the majority of the original simulator remains in tact, the computer powering everything was too old to find replacement parts for, so a Raspberry Pi was subbed in. Now visitors to the Swiss Military Museum, where the simulator lives, can drive a tank around a model village.
More about the tank simulator
Its proper name is the Panzer 68 driving simulator (FASIP). There are tonnes of brilliant photos, plus details about all the other upgrades made during the restoration process on the museum’s website. Shout out to museum staff Gerold Handschin, Michael Salathé, and René Demarmels, who did most of this work.
It took them several days to translate the original paper-based computer program into a modern language for the Raspberry Pi. The simulator’s camera, screen and some site lighting also needed replacing.
Simulators are *how* old?
I am an insufferable millennial who believes no useful technology could possibly have been invented before the year MSN Messenger launched, so I was surprised to see simulators employed in the 1970s to teach tank driving. I dug a little deeper (Ed: she googled it for 15 seconds) and found out how long simulations have been training people.
The first flight simulator was invented in (insert mind blown emoji) 1929?! Blue Box was revolutionary in enabling trainees to experience dangerous flying situations in a safe environment. It could “reproduce settings of various levels of complexity, which allows pilots with different levels of skills to achieve flight expertise.” These things work, people. I’m pretty sure I could successfully fly a fighter jet thanks to upwards of eight thousand hours spent playing WipEout in the early 2000s.