Goose downs aircraft - why not a guard over the engine?
January 15, 2009 5:46pm CST
There must be a rational reason why airplanes are not fitted with some kind of a grill to protect engines from ingesting birds and crashing airplanes. If wind drag is a problem, couldn't they retract once altitude is reached? Trains had cow-catchers to keep them from being de-railed by loose livestock. Anybody know why airplanes don't have similar protection?
16 Jan 09
i understand your point. a jet travelling at 500 mph would slice any birds like a egg dicer. it would make no difference. it is not like a cow grill on a train as this rarely comes across herds of cows, where apon a jet would still suck in a flock of birds even if they had a 'grill'.
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