Westinghouse (in the 1940's) used to run tests on aircraft windows so they could strengthen the windows and lessen the impact of bird crashes. They developed a "chicken gun" that would fire a dead chicken at different window materials in order to test the effect of crashes. I once heard a speech given by one of the "chicken gun" engineers.
I read that there were numerous problems until someone figured out the chickens first had to be thawed out if they were frozen
Yes, I believe it was the British who were telling the States that they were having a problem that the windows kept breaking when tested the frozen chicken. The response was "Gentlemen thaw your chickens." It was a mythbusters episode.
That is correct. The frozen chickens were like big rocks. That is what the Westinghouse engineer said. This was about 20 years ago when I heard this speech. I didn't know it was also on mythbusters. What "myth" were they busting?