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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In spite of efforts to improve bombsights and strengthen aircrafts' load-carrying capacities, accurate bombardment was at first thought to be too difficult an undertaking to make it a worthwhile endeavor.
When the American army was surrounded, you had to have planes with bombsights and the bombsights needed certain bearings.
The Norden bombsight, B-17s, and B-25s enabled strategic bombardment in accordance with industrial web theory.
While the efficacy of the Norden bombsight remains disputed, perhaps the most rewarding return on Miricks radio-control system was in gradually "unmanning" targets, making it possible for ships, aircraft, and submarines to attack realistically maneuvering targets with minimal risk to Navy personnel.
However, unlike the Allies' atomic bomb, electronic warfare, or Norden bombsight, the Germans were unable to reap benefits from their investment.
He said that all he was 'after' was the bombsight from the aircraft, which he recovered.
(11) Under ideal conditions at 21,000 feet, a B-17 bombardier using the Norden bombsight might place one bomb out of all that he dropped into a 100-foot diameter circle surrounding the center of the target--and conditions in combat would rarely be ideal.
AN inventor comes up with a revolutionary bombsight which could swing the outcome of the war - but dark forces are at work.
There are bombs in the bomb bay, radios in the radio compartment and the famous Norden bombsight rests in the Plexiglas nose.
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. But how could he have foreseen that....
Bomb aimer Tom Ferebee put his eye to the bombsight, searching for the Ota bridge - his aiming point.