RE: Sometimes it does take a Rocket Scientist!

From: Massey, Marcus (
Date: Mon Feb 21 2000 - 02:07:31 PST

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    I heard this story at Rolls Royce. The story I was told was that the Chicken
    Gun was a Rolls Royce machine designed for bird strike tests on their aero
    engines. RR leant the gun to the train manufactures for the tests. Upon
    receiving phone calls claiming the gun must be malfunctioning and that it
    needed repairing they sent an Engineer to check the gun out -  the HST (High
    Speed Train) rig had been destroyed more then once. Apparently they
    strengthened the windshield several times before the RR Engineer came on the
    scene and asked where they got their chickens from.
    For the Brits among you I believe it was during the design phase of the
    Class 43 diesel electric.
    Bear in mind that this was the story that I was told.
    Marcus Massey
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Dick Eaton []
    Sent: 19 February 2000 13:33
    Subject: FW: Sometimes it does take a Rocket Scientist!
    Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically designed to launch  (dead)
    chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space
    shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea was to simulate the
    frequent incidence 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 windshield, 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 Britons sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment,
    along with the designs of the windshield and begged the U.S. scientists for
     NASA responded with a one-line memo: "Thaw the chicken."
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