[Norden] said, with the Mark 15 Norden bombsight, he could drop a bomb into a pickle barrel at 20,000 feet.

Malcolm Gladwell

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“The Strange Tale of the Norden Bombsight.” TEDGlobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presentation.

Source: "The Strange Tale of the Norden Bombsight." TEDGlobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from writer Malcolm Gladwell's 2011 TED Talk about the Norden bombsight, including the role this invention played in warfare, and what it represents today. The quote is a paraphrasing of a quote from Carl Norden, the inventor of the Norden bombsight. Norden was saying here that the bombsight he invented was incredibly precise, allowing the user to bomb a very specific site. Gladwell goes on to explain that while the performance of the bombsight did not live up to its hype, it was used for a very significant event in World War II. Watch the full TED Talk here: Malcolm Gladwell - The Strange Tale of the Norden Bombsight
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