Ferocious Chickens Attack F-35 Fighter (and By Ferocious I Really Mean Dead)

Lockheed Martin designed the F-35 canopy to withstand the impact of of a 4-pound bird at 480 knots on the "reinforced windscreen and 350 knots on the canopy crown" without breaking. In other words: Chicken squadron vs F-35, fight!

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Maybe Apple should use chicken-proof glass for the iPhone 5. [Birdstrike Studies via The DEW Line]

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DISCUSSION

At first I thought this was a ridiculous test, these plane windscreens are used to stop bullets, whats a bird.. but after calculating some momentums (ignoring bullet shapes and other issues etc) the momentum of a 4lbs bird is approximately (1.8kg)(246m/s) = 442 kg*m/s . While a .25 mm bullet is closer to (.0023)(1100m/s) = 2.5 kg*m/s.

442 to 2.5 is a crazy difference in momentum, time to load chicken cannons onto our fighter jets!