WWII Technological Advances


This educational exhibit displays the impact of World War II technology on modern society.  Advances in areas such as medicine, computers, radar, and nuclear power have brought us 75 years of progress and such developments as today’s cellphones, drones, antibiotics and so much more.


Included in the exhibit is a Norden bombsight, which was one of the most closely guarded secrets of the U.S. military during World War II.  It allowed a bomb to be dropped at exactly the right time needed to hit the target.  Supposedly, the use of the bombsight could place a bomb inside a 100-foot (30 meters) circle from an altitude of four miles (six kilometers).

norden bombsite

The bombsight was so secret that it would be loaded onto the plane under armed guard just before it took off and removed as soon as the plane landed.  By the wars end, over 45,000 bombardiers had been trained in its operation, each of them swearing under oath to protect its secrecy, with their very lives, if necessary.