USAF Aircraft Windshield/Canopy Bird Strikes,
AIR FORCE ENGINEERING AND SERVICES CENTER TYNDALL AFB FL
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The United States Air Force loses millions of dollars due to bird strikes each year. The most serious damage to the aircraft and injury to the pilot occurs when birds penetrate the windshieldcanopy system. The Air Force BirdAircraft Strike Hazard BASH Team has recorded over 1000 bird strikes on windshields and canopies since 1975. With this extensive amount of data, trends have been found relating to the types of aircraft, phases of flight, and types of birds most vulnerable to being involved in a serious windshieldcanopy strike. This report discusses these trends, as well as the types of birds encountered and focuses on F-4 and F-16 weapon systems.