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The Legendary Secret Norden Bombsight: (Schiffer Military History) Hardcover – April 1, 1999
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As such, this is not an easy read, sometimes reminding me of a textbook rather than a narrative history. It also could function as a training in that it describes how to set the various functions on the bombsight for use in action.
Earlier this year (2008), I had the remarkable privilege of flying in a restored B-17G, experiencing take-off from the bombardier's position with a Norden bombsight before me. I wish I had this book with me so thast I could have understood more about the device. The diagrams and photos would have allowed me to - in my imagination - drop those faux 500 pound bombs we carried.
Published by Schiffer, this book is a departure from many - perhaps most - of their output in that it is in the standard 10 by six inch book format and runs to some 250 pages. It does, however, suffer from the usual editorial/proofreading shortcomings.
All in all, this is not a pictorial history but is the defintive design story of the Norden bombsight.