Chicken Testing  

JJKittyKat 59F
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9/19/2005 3:07 pm

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Chicken Testing

The FAA has a device for testing the strength of windshields on airplanes. They point this thing at the windshield of the aircraft and shoot a dead chicken at about the speed the air- craft normally flies at it. If the windshield doesn't break, it's likely to survive a real collision with a bird during flight.
The British had recently built a new locomotive that could pull a train faster than any before it. They were not sure that its windshield was strong enough so they borrowed the testing device from the FAA, reset it to approximate the maximum speed of the locomotive, loaded in the dead chicken, and fired. The bird went through the windshield, broke the engineer's chair, and made a major dent in the back wall of the engine cab.
They were quite surprised with this result, so they asked the FAA to check the test to see if everything was done correctly. The FAA checked everything and suggested that they might want to repeat the test using a thawed chicken.


AlbertPrince 57M

9/20/2005 7:01 am

LOL - you found a joke I haven't heard before

JJKittyKat 59F

9/20/2005 9:37 am

AL an achievement indeed

expatbrit49 62M

9/20/2005 5:23 pm

LOL. Now there is truth in that, I have a friend who is a pilot and in a ground school he was told the aircraft windshield was designed to resist the impact of a one pound bird at 250 knots. The instructor didnt seem very happy when my friend asked if that meant it would also resist a 250 pound bird at one knot. (true story)

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

JJKittyKat 59F

9/21/2005 3:08 am

lol @ expat

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