When I was a kid, I used to read this comics about aircraft pilots in the 50's, and in the operations center of their aircraft carrier, they had operators using markers on a glass wall to keep track of operations. Any idea how that was called and where I can find pictures of it? Is it still in use today, or is it now all computerized?

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    $\begingroup$ May have been the Combat Information Center $\endgroup$
    – Dave
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 18:09
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    $\begingroup$ I don't agree that this is off-topic, we already have answered questions about ATC radar displays, this one just happens to be military related. $\endgroup$
    – fooot
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 20:24
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    $\begingroup$ This is what you are after. Another one. It seems to be known also as a vertical summary plot. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 20:32
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    $\begingroup$ @mins - YES! Thanks! Can you make an answer out of this, rather than just a comment? $\endgroup$
    – Frank
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 20:57
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    $\begingroup$ If I recall, I think the board you're talking about is in the CATCC (Carrier Air Traffic Control Center) room on a CVN aircraft carrier. I was an Electronics Tech on the USS Abraham Lincoln and remember seeing this board there. I've been trying to Google some info, but can't come up with anything ... likely because the space is usually classified and sanitized before media is allowed in. By the way, this is not where the air boss is (he's in the conning tower, CATCC is below the flight deck). $\endgroup$
    – Steve
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 15:04

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Perhaps you're referring to the status board (still in use):

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Air Traffic Controller 3rd Class Jeoffrey Keever writes the status of each aircraft on the status board in Carrier Air Traffic Controller Center (CATCC) aboard USS John F Kennedy (CV 67) during flight operations.

Windows also seem to work:

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Also the low-tech but dependable Ouija board is still in use:

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  • $\begingroup$ And you know probably where your planes are, especially if your in trouble (energy outage, radar outage...). $\endgroup$
    – Peter
    Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 9:52

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