Stewart Blacker was a remarkable figure. His inventions were used with significant effect in both world wars. Most notable was the synchronised machine gun, attached to fighter planes that could fire through the propeller.
He also designed the PIAT anti tank weapon which was used with dramatic effect during WW2, from Normandy until the end of the war.
As an aviation pioneer, flying (and crashing) planes soon after the Wright Brothers, Blacker found himself in the Royal Flying Corps at the outbreak of war in 1914. Later, having seen the awful slaughter in the trenches and feeling guilty he had chosen the easy option, he joined up with his old regiment and fought at Neuve Chapelle and other battles until he was injured in 1917.
During the interwar years he continued to fly and develop weapons and was the first man to fly over the top of Everest. Written by Blacker’s grandson Barnaby, this is a fine tribute to an astonishing man.
ADVENTURES AND INVENTIONS OF STEWART BLACKER, SOLDIER, AVIATOR, WEAPONS INVENTOR
Stewart Blacker led an extraordinary life. The inventor of two war winning weapons, the synchronised machine gun in the Great War, and the PIAT anti-tank gun in World War Two, he was also a pioneer of aviation, surviving several crashes, and was the first man to fly over Mount Everest. This biography by his grandson Barnaby Blacker is a fine tribute to an amazing man.