Chickens first took flight at Arnold AFB 50 years ago

Then-project manager Gene Sanders, Richard Peterson and Capt. D.C. Chapin, from left, look at the windshield of a Cessna T-37 Tweet undergoing bird strike testing at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee, in 1973. These tests occurred at the Bird Impact Range. This facility, more famously known as the “Chicken Gun,” was used to simulate in-flight bird strikes to aircraft canopies and other materials by launching chicken carcasses at test articles. The first shot from the Chicken Gun was fired 50 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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