interrupter gear


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interrupter gear

[′int·ə‚rəp·tər ‚gir]
(ordnance)
A synchronizing gear for machine guns, so called because it interrupts the firing mechanism of the gun or guns to allow a propeller blade to pass the muzzle.
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The key invention of the interrupter gear had not yet arrived.
No2 expected be in against ground troops DANIEL Despite the bravery of the Royal Flying Corps pilots, the German Air Force soon gained an air superiority of sorts, mostly due to the development by plane makers Fokker of an interrupter gear, which allowed machine guns to be fired through the propeller of the Eindecker.
Fortunately though for Britain, a gifted Hungarian named Carol Constantinesco was waiting in the wings to produce a better design of interrupter gear using hydraulics.