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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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At the time, Scott, whose military service had been with the coastal artillery, was testing an aerial bombsight at the Army's new flight school at College Park, Maryland, and thus had a stake in persuading the public that military forces could prosecute effective bombardment from the air.
HG: So if you needed the bearings for the bombsights, they would take precedence over other bearings.
Developing an aiming device for level, horizontal bombing resulted in the Norden bombsight, virtually useless for skip bombing.
At the outset of World War II, civilians were off the list of RAF bombers' principal targets, though nighttime bombing and inadequate bombsights would muddy the distinction at times.
The most immediate beneficiary, Carl Norden, used Miricks system to synchronize the release of bombs, testing and calibrating experimental bombsights in the late 1920s.
Undeterred, Andrews ordered these aircraft retrofitted with low-altitude bombsights, radar, and depth charges.
With sophisticated instruments, including the Sperry and later Norden bombsights, the American bombers could theoretically hit targets, such as key factories or transportation hubs or oil refineries, with precision.
During World War II, Rolyn was totally involved in designing and building B-25 bombsights, flight level indicators, gunsights, skid indicators, radar control indicators and similar devices which was invaluable experience in producing and distributing quality products for today's optical market.
The facility has played a key role in national defense for more than 50 years, producing bombsights used by Allied planes in World War II and guidance systems used to deliver "smart bombs" in the Gulf War against Iraq.
They were used extensively during the 1943-1945 Allied campaign for Italy; new bombsights and undercarriage racks for dropping illumination flares made them effective nighttime harassers of Axis ground units.
As antiaircraft weapons improved, superchargers carried bombers above the effective range of flak; improved bombsights (Norden and Sperry) and formation pattern bombing compensated partially for the increased altitude.
But hampered by poor visibility and faulty bombsights, the bombers released their payloads too late and left huge stretches of the western Atlantic Wall unscathed.