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A device in a combat aircraft for determining the point at which to drop a bomb in order to strike a target.


(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a mechanical or electronic device in an aircraft for aiming bombs



a device installed in an aircraft for guiding the release of bombs.
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Noun1.bombsight - a sighting device in an aircraft for aiming bombs
sights - an optical instrument for aiding the eye in aiming, as on a firearm or surveying instrument


[ˈbɒmsaɪt] Nmira f or visor m de bombardeo
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I navigated the aircraft and set all necessary data in the bombsight.
Then in the early 60s, he decided to try and capture these mechanical motions on paper and so was born the first of a series of three drawing machines based around the components of the bombsight computer itself.
Anti-aircraft flak grew more accurate and his plane was hit numerous times including one burst that shattered the Plexiglas nose, knocking the then-Lieutenant Fouts away from his bombsight.
Heavy bombers, even if equipped with the Norden bombsight, seldom were successful in pinpoint attacks.
Inside that vault were all the records and plans for the Norden bombsight - a mechanical computer designed to determine the exact moment bombs needed to be released in order to hit their target.
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.
Then he'd look through the Norden bombsight, bouncing in his seat from the flak bursts, release the bombs and utter "bombs away"--which became a catch phrase.
I give thanks to God for our survival, but somehow I could never quite picture God sitting at the controls of a bomber or squinting through a bombsight deciding which of his creatures should survive and which should die.
And reminiscent of World War II days when a bombardier would disable or destroy his Norden bombsight before bailing out of a disabled B-17, a handheld user can set a "Bomb" to go off in the handheld device that will destroy all the data.
Then came the problem with the bearings for the Norden bombsight, and I was called upon to troubleshoot.
Novices benefit from a selection of training missions, which take you through the basics of landing and taking off, using a Norden Bombsight in a USAF bomber and torpedoing merchant shipping in a German Junkers.
You'll get to learn how to fly the B-17G, with all of the control switches reproduced in detail from pilot's position to bombardier's bombsight.