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Posted: 9/8/2004 2:33:09 PM EDT
Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist!!

(SUPPOSEDLY a true story....)

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound 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 hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer's back-rest 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 suggestions.

NASA responded with a one-line memo --

<­BR>"Defrost the chicken."
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 2:34:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 2:35:07 PM EDT
Now we just need one to launch pigs
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 2:36:08 PM EDT
Didn't they call this thing "the rooster booster"
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 2:38:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 2:40:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NorCal_LEO:
Didn't they call this thing "the rooster booster"

I'm feeling horribly unfunny so I figure I'll throw this out there... 'Cluck 19'
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 2:42:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By viper5194:
Now we just need one to launch pigs

Will Hell freeze over?

This would go good for "The Pigging of Mecca."

Link Posted: 9/8/2004 2:42:12 PM EDT
Having been there when bird comes through the windscreen, I like it. However, this should provide for alot of funny video threads...
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 3:01:48 PM EDT
Give me three clucks up, two clucks right. There that'll do it.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 3:30:24 PM EDT
Yep, this was on mythbusters.

The frozen chicken blasted through (all) 12 plates of glass like a (albeit very large) bullet.
The defrosted one got splattered and only broke three.

Yeah, and they tried the experiment a few times over.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 4:21:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2004 5:13:18 PM EDT by Freakzilla]
There is a chicken gun at AEDC(arnold engineering and development center) in Tullahoma, TN.

I took a tour of the base and saw it, the guide said that "it was used to test the black talon cop killer bullet"

what a waste of taxpayer money, just shoot it out of a damn pistol!

but then it wouldn't penetrate the vest, would it
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