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#1 5thwingmarty

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 11:12 AM

This was among the parts I was given a number of years ago from the wreckage of one of my uncle's B-17s.  Most of the parts I was given I could identify from the numbers stamped in them, but this one remained a question.  A friend who was a B-17 flight engineer thought it might be a servo for some part of the auto-pilot system, but I just saw  an image elsewhere of what was identified as the gyro for a Norden bombsight, and it was very similar to this.  Unfortunately I only have this one image of the part, which is about 4" across if I remember correctly. 

 

One of the other parts I was given was the remains of the mount for the bombsight, so I know they had the bombsight at some point.

 

Any bombsight experts out there who can tell just from this image?

 

Marty

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 05:18 PM

I was able to connect with wistarmo who works on Nordens and he confirms it looks like a gyro from a bombsight, although he says they are supposed to be painted black.



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 01:39 PM

!cid_E5F4BB010B3947E1AB16B951A5BF43EB@TimPC.jpg Here it is.  It is the horizontal gyro from a Norden bombsight sighthead.  I have removed the bottom gyro bearing cover.



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 06:22 PM

Thank you for posting this photo.  That is clearly the same part and its nice to see it from the same angle as my photo.




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