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    • Yes, I do remember the Z8000. I was at General Dynamics / Fort Worth in the early 1980s, when they were doing the early F-16C/D development. Three of the four avionics computers used Z8002 processors. (The fourth used a MIL-STD-1750A processor, but I do not recall which company actually manufactured it.)

    • 26e6 meters is 26e9 millimeters. At 4 bits per digit (approximately), you're looking at around 44 actual bits of significance. That's not a big problem on today's hardware. Nor was it a problem in the Dark Ages, if you bought a CDC 6600: 48 bits mantissa on single precision floating point, 95 (I think: one extra normalized bit, maybe) bits double precision.