Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/05/09

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Flying turkeys
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Wed May 9 22:11:30 2007
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The USAF "Chicken Gun" is located at Arnold Engineering Development Center 
near Tullahoma, TN.  This is the same base where I spent 39 years working 
with wind tunnels and other experimental facilities.  While I never worked 
with the gun, I have seen the damage done to some of their test windshields.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marc James Small" <>
To: "Leica Users Group" <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 10:29 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Flying turkeys

> At 11:18 PM 5/9/2007, Lawrence Zeitlin wrote:
> >
> >Wild turkeys fly.
> >Butterball turkeys don't.
> Well, that's not quite true.  There is a lot of hype about this, but the 
> standard method for checking the durability of airplane engines is to 
> shoot a defrosted turkey, the kind you buy at your local Growley-Mart, at 
> them wtih a compressed air cannon so that they are travelling at 180 mph 
> (280kph or so) on impact, the conditions which would be encountered in 
> flight conditions were a flock of geese to fly onto the airfield on 
> landing or taking off.  Apparently, the US Air Force does the same on F-16 
> cockpit windows at around 400 mph (640kph).
> Those interested should check out Snopes at
> But, in any event, Butterball turkeys, or their equivalent, DO fly, 
> though, admittedly, not under their own steam.
> Marc
> Cha robh b?s fir gun ghr?s fir!
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