Lynx, Destroyer of Worlds (with Science!) (lynxreign) wrote,
Lynx, Destroyer of Worlds (with Science!)
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Question of engineering

I'm not up on my early airplanes as much as I should be, so I'm hoping someone might be able to help me here. From what I understand, early planes were of two major types, puller planes with the prop in the front and pusher planes with the prop in the back. Pusher planes had greater manuverability and some other advantages, but were defeated by puller planes for some reason I don't know. Here's where I that reason becomes important. During WWI, machine guns mounted at the front of the plane often shot off the propeller, at least until someone invented the interrupter mechanism that allowed the shots to synchronize between the propeller blades. Why not just use a pusher plane and not have the problem at all?
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