This Engine Has A Cannon In It

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Designers had to get creative in the early days of weaponizing motorized transportation. In one case during the First World War, that meant building a 37mm cannon into the middle of a V8 aero engine.

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You got it wrong about synchronized guns: That system was used on the Focker Eindecker from the summer of 1915, and it was even called 'The Fokker Scourge'. It took until the spring of 1916 for England and France to copy the system on their airplanes.