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A Chicken Gun is a compressed air cannon that fires bird carcasses
There, it was used to test parts for a number of commercial aircraft manufacturers before being retired sometime in 1947. The De Havilland Aircraft Company in the United Kingdom independently created a similar gun in the middle of the 1950s.
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World war 3 and World war 4
Thawing the chickens
The royal Canadian airfarce
Planes are not vegetarian
The best today I learned of the week
It does say bird carcasses
They fire freshly killed chicken
They never found some kind of reusable replacement
It is called the chicken cannon
A myth busters episode
What they also fire
They put the jet engine on the test
Artificial bird analogs for use in impact tests
Engineers uses them for safety
Here is the step one
Using defrosted chickens for these tests
That'd be a strong insult to the turkey
The UK's Royal Aircraft Establishment constructed a chicken gun in 1961. This cannon was frequently used until 2016 when it was transferred to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and two more contemporary weapons took its place.
The use of a modular barrel allows the replacements to more easily accept birds of various sizes.
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