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Cockit Windshield Tester
|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 flies. |
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
They borrowed FAA's chicken launcher,
loaded the chicken and fired.
The ballistic chicken shattered the
windshield, broke the engineer's chair and embedded itself in the back wall of the
engine's cab. The British were stunned and asked the FAA to recheck the test to see if
everything was done correctly.
The FAA reviewed the test thoroughly and
had one recommendation:
"Use a thawed chicken."
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