I received the following from a United Airlines briefing sheet. I thought you get a kick out seeing what kind of insanity your hard earned tax dollars are supporting....
"The United States F.A.A. has a unique device for testing the strength of windshields on airplanes. The device is a gun that launches a dead 6 lbs. chicken at a plane's windshield at approximately the speed at which the plane flies. The theory is that if the windshield doesn't crack from the carcass impact, it will 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, highspeed locomotive they were developing. They borrowed the F.A.A.'s chicken launcher, loaded a 6 lbs. bird and under the appropriate laboratory conditions, fired at point blank range into the windshield. The ballistic chicken shattered the new windshield, went through the engineer's chair, broke part of the instrument panel and embedded itself into the back wall of the engine cab. In all, there was almost $70,000 damage to the prototype locomotive. The British were stunned and asked the FAA to recheck the test to see if everything was done correctly. The FAA reviewed the test video and data thoroughly but had only one recommendation.
Next time, use a thawed 6 lbs. chicken.... "
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