Carl Norden's development and production of his well-known bombsight provided the solid base from which the company grew for the next 85 years. The company was formed in 1928 as Carl L. Norden, Incorporated. A separate company, Norden Laboratories Corporation that he started in 1943 has a direct lineage to the Norwalk facility that closed in 2013 and did not officially include the name Norden when it closed. It was simply a business unit of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems. This retrospective recollects the camaraderie and work that we remember. If you have more to add send it to the Webmaster and we'll publish it.
Do You Remember?
A Proud Legacy of Programs
While everyone remembers the Norden bombsight few of the current retirees had anything to do with it although repairs continued in Norwalk through the 1960's. Many of us were involved in programs that we committed blood, sweat and tears to. Some of them are listed below. See our photo gallery of many of the platforms containing Norden equipment.
One way of recalling these programs is through the ubiquitous coffee mugs that were etched with program logos like you see to the left. You can see our full coffee mug collection here.
Then there were the fun activities such as company picnics and the incredible "Anything Goes."
Best of All - the People
At one time or another you probably gathered together for a group photo of your program team or for some other reason. We put a few of these together (see left) and you might find yourself and certainly plenty of people you know in the enlarged photos.
You can view photos of people at the club events here.