26
May
09

Wrong Thinking

Watching Time Warp, an interesting show using high speed cameras to slow down events. It’s an enjoyable show but watching it they stated that “a Vickers was designed to be mounted on an airplane” (circa WW1). Even knowing that’s wrong let’s check the logic, 1 reliable  machine guns existed in military use before aircraft were used, 2 wartime means it’s needed now so you adapt existing tech rather than build from ground up. I’d have checked the facts.

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4 Responses to “Wrong Thinking”


  1. May 26, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    I read something years ago about how they adapted machine guns to aerial use. Then on how they started to sync them to fire through the prop. Interesting stuff, but as you say it was adapted rather designed for. Maybe they consider the adaption a design change?

  2. 2 bangarrr
    May 27, 2009 at 5:22 am

    They actually showed the interrupter and what happened when it didn’t work. The first “fix” was screwing bits of steel to the propeller where the rounds would hit.

  3. 3 yankeedog
    May 28, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Huh? The original Vickers was a water-cooled design! It was adapted by slotting the water jacket to facilitate airflow. No one would have invented a water-cooled gun for an airplane-plumbing and water weighs up.

    Good catch, Bangar.

  4. June 1, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Yeah, I remember the steel on the prop bit. Imagine being the pilot, it wouldn’t exactly inspire confidence to know you were shooting your own prop!


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