Forwarded Message Follows
In a recent issue of Meat
and Poultry magazine, editors quoted from Feathers, the publication of California
Poultry Industry Federation, telling the following story.
It seems the US federal Aviation Administration has a unique device for testing
the strength of Windshields on airplanes. The device is a gun that launches
a dead chicken at a plane's windshield at approximately the speed the plane
The theory is that if the windshield doesn't crack from the carcass impact,
it'll survive a real collision with a bird during flight. It seems the British
were very interested in this and wanted to test a windshield on a brand new,
speedy locomotive they're developing.
They borrowed the FAA's chicken launcher, loaded the chicken and fired. The
ballistic chicken shattered the windshield, went through the engineer's chair,
broke an instrument panel and embedded itself in the back wall of the engine
cab. The British were stunned and asked the FAA to check the test to see if
everything was done correctly.
The FAA reviewed the test thoroughly and had one recommendation:
"Use a thawed chicken."