Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Podcast On How The U.S. Military Solves Some Of Its Lesser-Known But Most Persistent Problems

Two U.S. medics carry stretchers during a medical evacuation exercise, part of a joint military drill, in Yangju, about 40 km (25 miles) north of Seoul, March 5, 2008. REUTERS/JO YONG-HAK

Reuters: How a 'chicken gun' keeps U.S. warbirds aloft

When the United States Air Force tests a new aircraft it needs to make sure it won't crash should a stray bird slam into the plane's side. Thankfully, the military has an artillery piece with a 60-foot barrel that hurls chicken more than 400 miles an hour. The chicken gun allows the military to make sure no stray bird will foul up its expensive jets while they're mid-flight.

If you think the chicken gun is weird, it’s only the tip of a strange and fascinating iceberg.

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WNU Editor: This is a podcast not only on the "chicken gun", but also on .... How do soldiers prevent hearing loss with heavy artillery going off? What's it take to make blast-proof underwear? What can the dead teach the living? And will medics ever stop using the magnificent medicinal maggot?

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