Chicken Gun

Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist - (true story)

British scientists at Rolls Royce built a gun specifically to launch dead
chickens at the windshields of airliners and military jets all travelling at
maximum velocity.

The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne
fowl to test the strength of the windshields.

American 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 American 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

The horrified Yanks sent Rolls Royce the disastrous results of the
experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the British
scientists for suggestions.


Rolls Royce responded with a one-line memo:

"Defrost chicken."


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That is older than some of the hills around here, still makes me giggle though.
There's another apocryphal tale of a (defrosted) chicken causing far more carnage to the target than would have neen expected.

Story goes that on watching the lab CCTV recording, the laboratory cat is seen sniffing out the scent of moist chicken, and proceeding to crawl down the long tube to claim his prize...shortly before the crew came back to arm the gun for firing.
RMCS has/had a chicken gun for testing all sorts of gear. The principle is very simple, provided the sabot is well made so it can fire what the feck you wanted from it. At the time I seem to remember the test going on was various plastic riot shields vs canon fired bricks. They also had what was basically a giant crossbow for firing pointy things at materials destined for stab-proof vests. In a word, there destructive testing lab was AWESOME!
Apparently General Wes Clark (US) thought it was true and was fond of recounting the story.
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