Master storyteller malcolm gladwell tells the tale of the norden bombsight, a groundbreaking piece of world war ii technology with a deeply unexpected result. Bombardiers took an oath to guard the norden bombsight with their lives to ensure it didn’t fall into enemy hands, but the secret was already out a jeep carrying an ordnance technician, escorted by two armed guards, arrived at the b-17 to deliver a “secret weapon” to its bombardier in. The norden bombsight cost, based on 1940s dollar value the military spent 15 billion dollars in the development of the norden bombsight 90,000 bombsights were built at a cost of $14,000 for each unit , and 50,000 bombardiers were trained in its use. Norden was a quiet and unassuming man who was proud that the bombsight could be used for strategically striking military targets, while minimizing collateral damage to surrounding civilian populations and structures such as churches, schools, and homes. The norden bombsight was integral to american military operations from the 1930s to the vietnam war learn how this remarkable technology came to be and the story of its successes and failures in combat.
The norden bombsight and the us naval proving ground robert v gates the norden bombsight and the army air force are forever linked in public memory less well remembered, however, is the fact that the bombsight was developed by carl norden for the us navy. Norden bombsight nomenclature and operation this page was last created on december 14th, 2005 below you will find scanned pages from the bombardier's information file (bif. A gyroscopically stabilized synchronizing bombsight used mainly for synchronous bombing but useful for fixed-angle bombing want to thank tfd for its existence tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, or visit the webmaster's page for free fun content.
The norden bombsight, later called the mark 15 by the navy and the m-9 by the army air forces (aaf), weighed more than 40 pounds it was an exquisitely complex, but ungainly looking two-piece instrument consisting of a sight head containing a telescope, a vertical gyro, and sighting controls, all perched on top of a stabilizer, an automatic. The norden bombsight is on display at air war college and air force enlisted heritage hall the bombsight, developed by carl norden, a swiss engineer, was used by the us navy and army air forces beginning in world war ii until its retirement during the vietnam war. A bombsight is a device used by military aircraft to drop bombs accurately bombsights, a feature of combat aircraft since world war i, were first found on purpose-designed bomber aircraft and then moved to fighter-bombers and modern tactical aircraft as those aircraft took up the brunt of the bombing role a bombsight has to estimate the path the bomb will take after release from the aircraft.
The bombsight war: norden vs sperry as the norden bombsight helped write world war ii’s aviation history, the less-known sperry technology pioneered avionics for all-weather flying contrary to conventional wisdom, carl l norden -- inventor of the classified norden. Norden bombsight a bombsight is a device that is used to drop bombs accurately from aircraft the norden bombsight was a highly secret device used during world war ii that allowed bomber crews to carry out daytime strategic bombing. First autopilot - carl l norden in 1930, shown here next to the fb-1, an early attempt to develop a guided missile the guidance system for the craft can be seen in the open hatchway this guidance system was the forerunner of the auto-pilot used in conjunction with the norden bombsight in world war ii. One of the most famous devices of ww ii is the norden bombsight, often mentioned along with radar and the atomic bomb as the most umportant technologies in winning the war there is lots of good reference material on the web, including this great site about for bombsights.
Using the norden bombsight, usaaf bombardiers rarely matched the accuracy of those of 617 squadron, or even those of 9 squadron when using their mkxlv it could have been the greater proportion of time spent by 617 squadron practicing over the bombing ranges, and a higher standard of air bomber. Norden bombsight that was made for the navy in august of 1944 by carl l norden inc and which is now on display in our museum john woolsey’s aunt, frances vaughn parker, was a civil air patrol cadet during wwii and a lifelong pilot, cap member and wwii memorabilia collector. Sell master details has made a new kit of the “lotfernrohr 7” or lotfe 7 bombsight – made by zeiss lenses this was the german counterpart to the norden bombsight in wwii and the “k” model was used in the arado ar 234 and me 262 bomber versions – read on below to see more of master details masterpiece in the preview info. This is what most people think of when they think of a norden bombsight it is the true computing and bomb aiming part of the system it is composed of the rate end or computer end on the right, the telescope in the middle, and the gyroscope on the left.
The norden bombsight was created and used by the united states army air forces (usaaf) and the united states navy during ww 2 the site would also be used by the us air froce during the korean and vietnam wars to help drop bombs accurately. In the summer of 1937, the luftwaffe asked the abwehr to obtain the design of the much heralded and super-secret norden bombsight queries to the operatives in new york brought the response that no one in the ring had access to it. The norden bombsight was crucial to the success of the us army air forces' daylight bombing campaign during world war ii initially developed by carl norden for the us navy, the army air corps acquired its first norden bombsight in 1932.