Then & Now
Building 1809, the Norden Bombsight storage vault was constructed in 1944 on the ramp by the bombardier training building. There are five concrete vaults with ‘bank safe’ type doors, each with a combination lock. The highly classified bombsights used in all American bombers were stored in these vaults when not in use.
The building is 24 x 50, 1,200 sq. ft.
Five vaults each with concrete floor, walls and ceiling.
Provided with a ‘Climax’ 25 KW backup generator.
The Norden bombsight vault was originally worked on by Wendover Airport employees beginning in 2009. The building roof was replaced and some interior work on electrical and walls was begun. In 2011 a concentrated effort to finish it off was undertaken which was finished in 2013. The original fiberboard was replaced, and the windows refurbished. Doors were salvaged and refurbished from other buildings and the interior was painted. The displays were installed after Wendover volunteers attended an exhibit class put on by the Utah Arts and History department.