Saturday, April 19, 2008

Testing Jet Engines with Dead Geese

For jet engines to get the FAA’s seal of approval, they must past numerous, stringent safety tests and standards. But the most bizarre is one where they shoot (at 205 miles per hour) four dead geese (via a 50-foot steel tube) into an engine running at full tilt. The “bird strike” test, reported by Discover Magazine, is necessary since collisions with birds cause more than a billion dollars in damage to planes each year.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.