NASA's new chicken gun

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Oxford, May 3, 2002.

  1. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields
    of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The
    idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the
    strength of the windshields.

    British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of
    their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made and a gun was sent to the British
    engineers. When the gun was fired the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurtled
    out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted
    through the control console, snapped the engineer's backrest in two and embedded
    itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.

    The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the
    designs of the windshield and begged the US scientists for some suggestions.

    NASA responded with a one line memo "Defrost the chicken".
  2. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    Ill send this to some NASA people...

  3. Klaus

    Klaus Guest

    There is some truth to this. NASA, the DoD, and I think even the FAA have used chicken guns, and there were incidents when people mistakenly used frozen chickens.
    Last edited: May 4, 2002