National Geographic : 1969 Sep
YOUR mi NOWHERE ANYHING ANY ME NETWORKS.* The plane is the Boeing 747-the largest, most luxurious commercial airliner in the world. To get it all together on time, Boeing used one of its most versatile tools: the telephone network. The anywhere, anything, anytime network. The same one your telephone uses. This far-reaching communications setup was made possible through the interconnection of the Bell System and the General Telephone system, which services the main assembly plant. Blueprints were sent to the contractors by facsimile service. Detailed specifications went from Boeing's computer directly to the contractors' computers. Technical questions found quick, written answers by teleprinter. Even the spare parts manual was kept up to date by "talking" to the publisher's computer. The people at Boeing figure it's as close as you can come to building a plane by phone.