bombsight


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bombsight

[′bäm ‚sīt]
(ordnance)
A device which determines, or enables a bombardier to determine, the point in space at which a bomb must be released from an aircraft in order to hit a target.
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For instance, there was the problem with the ball bearings of the Norden bombsights on the planes sent to help the surrounded army in Europe.
Torpedo bombers also served as medium-or high-altitude bombers and were equipped with the Navy Norden bombsight.
military more generally, the development of precision weapons, both offensive and defensive, has long been a priority--at least since the development of the Norden bombsight in World War II.
With a Norden bombsight on a calm day in a B-17 in a clear sky you could put a bomb within several hundred feet of the intended target.
That doctrine drove development of the Norden bombsight and the acquisition of the B-17 Flying Fortress.
From his list that includes aluminum aircraft structures, synchronizing machine guns to fire through propellers, the bombsight, rocket engines, intercontinental ballistic missiles and satellite communications, Brig.
If you had to erect 500-ft-high walls that pointed to the center of the earth, would you get some kind of gyroscopic Norden bombsight, propose a two-year development program to design the proper tool, or would you take a string with a rock at the bottom and do what masons have done for thousands of years?
Before the United States entered World War II, German spies stole the Norden bombsight, whispered to be the nation's biggest secret.
Throughout the 1920s, de Seversky's active mind led him to patent a number of devices including a bombsight that would evolve into the better-known Norden.
To compensate, the author includes numerous insightful inset articles that provide considerable information on topics ranging from the seemingly trivial (Boeing's part-number system and instructions for reading an aircraft data block) to the essential (the B-17's technical specifications, the Norden bombsight, or the Pink Lady's combat history).
Norden Company manufactured the famous Norden bombsight, the most accurate and technologically advanced of the war.