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Norden Bomb Sight
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Contents of this page:
- Norden Bomb Sight
- Norden Bomb Sight - annotated drawing
- Norden Bomb Sight - more detail 106 KBytes
1) Leveling knobs
2) Caging knob (cage the gyro?)
4) Index window
5) Trail arm a?u ??? plate
6) Extended vision knob
7) Rate motor switch
8) Disc??? speed gear shift
9) Rate and displacement knobs
10) Mirror drive clutch
11) Search knob
12) Disc??? speed drum
13) Turn and drift knobs
14) Tachometer adapter
15) Release lever
16) Crosshair rheostat
17) Drift scale
18) ??? Brush and co??
19) Autopilot clutch engaging knob
20) Bombsight clutch
21) Bombsight clutch engaging lever
22) Bombsight clutch
23) Bombsight connecting rod
24) Autopilot conmecting rod
- gyro stabilized in azimuth and vertical
- early use of aircraft gyros being inductively spun
- The Legendary Norden Bombsight by Albert L. Pardini,
published by Shiffer Military History,Atglen,PA.
- John Osgood wrote:
- Might be of interest to you that the last use of the sight,
as far as I know, was during Vietnam. Observation Squadron 67
(VO-67) used it to drop sensors on the Ho Chi Min trail.
The squadron used P2V-5 aircraft.
- John Osgood
- former VO-67 squadron member.
Interesting Web Sites
- Scott Baker (2004) says there is
"one (in a glass case) at the Air Force Museum at Dayton, Ohio."
- (August 2005 - Q R Stottlem says
"Back in 1993 I learned that the U S. Air Force Museum, 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7102
had and would copy originally restricted material on the M9 Norden bombsight, a 370 page manual for $37 and
Lowry Field manual for $25. I purchased both and also received a copy of the original excellent Popular Science
article of June 1945. The museum may still offer this service. I'll be glad to furnish a limited number of copies
of the P. S. article to whoever desires copy."
- One page of an alignment document. (99 K bytes)
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