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A Bomb Sight allows bombardiers to accurately drop bombs on a target, accounting for various factors such as the speed of the aircraft, wind, and altitude.
Prior to World War I, dropping bombs was done by trial-and-error. Towards the end of the war, devices such as the Course Setting Bomb Sight could take input from control dials and the plane's instruments, removing a great deal of guesswork. Later systems would also incorporate autopilot, allowing crews to attend to other tasks en route to the target.
The Bomb Sight is an optic featured in Battlefield 1. It allows pilots of planes equipped with air-dropped weapons to view potential targets. While looking through the bomb sight, the pilot can continue controlling the plane as normal. Different reticles are used by each type of aircraft.
The sight automatically points to where the payload would likely fall if dropped at that moment. By holding—which also releases the payload—the sight continues tracking the target area as the bombs drop, rotating as needed to visually confirm damage.
It does not directly indicate the orientation of the plane—parts such as propellers and fuselage may be visible at times. Also, the sight only roughly suggests altitude by the size of objects along the ground.
The bomb sight need not be used when attacking targets. Controlling the aircraft may be more important when attacking other aircraft, or when making low passes around high obstacles. The bomb sight is not used in third-person view.