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Old 04-30-2016, 08:24 AM   #29
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Very true, very true, but scientists have confirmed the feathers do have an aerodynamic spoiler effect to aid in a flightless trajectory
You are possibly referring to the apocryphal story about when the US Air Force was having problems with bird strikes on aircraft canopies, and turned to the RAF for assistance. The RAF had supposedly developed a "chicken cannon" to launch birds at cockpits to test armored windshield materials such as Lexan, which was a pretty new material at the time.

The USAF scientists built a chicken cannon of their own, but for some reason every bird shot at their canopy materials punched right through. When they asked the RAF what they were doing wrong, the RAF boffins asked, "Where did you get the birds?" The USAF scientists replied, "The grocery store, why?" A light bulb went off in the RAF boffins' heads, and they asked, "Did you thaw them first?"
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I stumbled across this story about Kansas installing tornado shelters along the Kansas Turnpike. It seemed apropos to the discussion.

https://weather.com/safety/tornado/n...rnado-shelters
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You are possibly referring to the apocryphal story about when the US Air Force was having problems with bird strikes on aircraft canopies, and turned to the RAF for assistance. The RAF had supposedly developed a "chicken cannon" to launch birds at cockpits to test armored windshield materials such as Lexan, which was a pretty new material at the time.

The USAF scientists built a chicken cannon of their own, but for some reason every bird shot at their canopy materials punched right through. When they asked the RAF what they were doing wrong, the RAF boffins asked, "Where did you get the birds?" The USAF scientists replied, "The grocery store, why?" A light bulb went off in the RAF boffins' heads, and they asked, "Did you thaw them first?"
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A light bulb went off in the RAF boffins' heads, and they asked, "Did you thaw them first?"
As an expat Brit myself. that's funny.

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As an expat Brit myself. that's funny.
When I first heard that story, it was the other way around, with the RAF consulting the USAF. But funny stories are always funniest when you poke fun at yourself, and my dad was ex-USAF, so that's the way he always told it.
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