Date of Birth: 1881
Date Of Death: 1964
Saulnier's Early Attempt
During the month before the outbreak of the war, Raymond Saulnier had been working on an interupter gear that would allow a machine gun to be fired through the propeller arc. He had grown impatient with hang-fire failures so he attached steel deflection plates on the propeller where the bullets passed through the arc. The military lost interest in his idea once the war started and made Saulnier return the machine gun he had borrowed.
After a few months into the war, all the pilots were unanimous in their desire for fixed machine guns facing forward that they could shoot in the direction they were flying.