Too Many Wings?

A surprising message in the news has caught my attention today. Plane had to land because of bird strike.

Now: Bird strike? That’s when birds fly into a plane, right? – Oh, wait! No, it’s the other way around. A plane flies into a bird swarm. Of course! Why in all the world would birds hit a plane?

And that moment, I’m afraid, my twisted brain played jokes on me, and I started to laugh.

‘Why would birds hit a plane?’

On a dare?

Imagine the following scene:
• “Hey there… want to join us?”
• “Yeah, okay.”
• “Cool… see that Airbus over there?”
• “Uhm… yes?”
• “Once through the turbine and you’re in.”


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Or what about suicide birds? Of course, it made me laugh too; but after all, we don’t know what birds are thinking.
“I don’t want to live anymore… I hate it to be a bird… I suffer from vertigo!”


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I had to learn that indeed bird strike is a sincere problem and can in fact damage an airplane.
Seriously, I have been naïve about it. I just thought: “Hey… that’s an airplane, what can a bird do there? Scratch the windshield?”
I was told: “What do you think happens, if up there, 30,000 feet above the ground that little scratch through pressure and speed causes the windshield to break and fly off?”
I thought: “What? – Hmmm. What would happen, if the windshield of a plane actually does fly off?”
And to be honest, my joking brain, of course, thought about the pilot’s announcement: “Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s your captain speaking with some amazing news: We are now flying a convertible.”
My-oh-my… I know I’m bad.



But honestly: I wish someone could explain to me what bird strike does to an airplane – in particular, a big airplane. I’m almost sure we aren’t talking about a flock of sparrows. How big do the birds have to be to become a danger to an airplane? How many birds would be in a swarm in such a case? If someone knows about it, please, let me know. Thank you.



16 of the Craziest Airport Runways‏…

This is so great! Some of them are scary, some of them crazy, but they all have one thing in common: they give me the creeps. LOL Still, I’m fascinated, despite the fear.

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1. Gisborne
Airport, New Zealand

This North Island airport is one of the few in the
World that has a railway line running through its runway. Both the railway
And the airport are active, so let’s hope they are precise about their


2. Juancho E.
Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island

Blink and you might miss it. With only 400m in
Length, this Caribbean island has the shortest commercial air strip on the
Planet. Obviously, this tiny runway is only suitable for small


3. Courchevel
Altiport, France

This airfield high in the French Alps is a convenient
Yet treacherous drop-off point for wealthy skiers at the chi-chi
Courchevel slopes. In fact, there are ski runs no far from the 1,762 ft
(537 m) mountaintop runway. Frequent fog, snow, ice and low clouds make it
Even more extreme. You’ll want to make sure your small plane or helicopter
Pilot is well…

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