During these 30 minutes, I computed my data for the Norden Bombsight
[which gave the bombardier control of the plane on the approach to the target].
Torpedo bombers also served as medium-or high-altitude bombers and were equipped with the Navy Norden bombsight
By mid-1943, a year after the AAF began bombing German industries, it had become evident to all but the most devoted advocates of high-altitude daylight precision bombing that the actualization of this doctrine did not even come close to the prewar boast that bombers with the Norden bombsight
could place a 250-pound bomb into a pickle barrel from 20,000 feet.
Heavy bombers, even if equipped with the Norden bombsight
, seldom were successful in pinpoint attacks.
There are bombs in the bomb bay, radios in the radio compartment and the famous Norden bombsight
rests in the Plexiglas nose.
Inside that vault were all the records and plans for the Norden bombsight
- a mechanical computer designed to determine the exact moment bombs needed to be released in order to hit their target.
General Arnold was a true visionary: in 1938, he approved the first order of B-17s, and he was pushing the development of radar and the Norden bombsight
America's Pursuit of Precision Bombing, 1910-1945 by Stephen McFarland, for example, examines the thinking on precision bombing in World War II through the lens of the Norden bombsight
and arrives at many of the same conclusions about strategic bombing as Builder.
On display are numerous electronic parts and devices and high-tech innovations such as the Norden bombsight
and an infrared sniper scope.
Before the United States entered World War II, German spies stole the Norden bombsight
, whispered to be the nation's biggest secret.
The famed Norden bombsight
was developed for use in Navy patrol bombers and was later adopted by the Army Air Corps.
Furthermore, the US Navy--not Billy Mitchell's followers--developed the Norden bombsight