Description Of A WWI Bomber’s Sight System – Revised

WWI Bomber Data

Here’s a nice cut-away image showing what appears to be a World War I German Goth bomber, and all the components we the people should know about the inner workings of this new invention.

It’s a French clipping, so while I originally had a translation (courtesy of Google Translate), another reader was kind of enough to present a better one (courtesy of Alvaro Bellon – thanks!!!!)

La Guerre Aerienne – Aerial Warfare

  • levier de lançement des bombes – bomb release lever;
  • disque commandant de prisme – prism control knob;
  • lentille – lens;
  • indicateur de vitesse – speedometer;
  • measure de l’angle de vision – angle of vision indicator;
  • oculaire – eye-piece;
  • couloir – Catwalk, gangway;
  • Niveau a alcool – alcohol level;
  • indicateur de route – route indicator;
  • prisme mobile – movable prism;
  • bombe au moment de lancement – bomb at time of release

That’s a lot better than what I originally had.

My big question is just what the heck an ‘alcohol level’ is? I mean I might want to be bombed if I was flying around in WWI – pun intended. But I really don’t know… is it the water and alcohol mixture in the induction system?

Alvaro! Thank-you very much!!!

About mreman47

Andrew was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years. He is married, has a son and a cat. He has over 35,000 comic books and a plethora of pioneer aviation-related tobacco and sports cards and likes to build LEGO dioramas. He has written and been an editor for various industrial magazines, has scripted comic books, ghost-written blogs for business sectors galore, and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. He works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers - even though it takes him so much time to do. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.
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5 Responses to Description Of A WWI Bomber’s Sight System – Revised

  1. Alvaro Bellon says:

    I have reviewed Google’s translation and can offer you a “new and improved” version. Would be glad to email it to you.

    Long Time Subscriber


  2. John Murrell says:

    I would think an alcohol level is a mis translation of ‘spirit level’ which is a gently curved glass tube filled with ‘spirit’ or alcohol with a bubble of ‘air’ so that you can determine what is level. In this case it looks as though it may have been used to find vertical via a right angle. I think similar levels were used in early turn and bank indicators


  3. JohnM says:

    That is the wonder of machine translation – glad to have helped.


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