Illustration for article titled Bird Strikes Are Scary For Even the Strongest Planes

Most people understand that if a big bird gets sucked into a jet engine, that causes bad things requiring a decorated pilot and a conveniently-placed river to save. But if a little birdie were to up against a fighter jet, things would be different, right?


This video posted by NATO shows the result of a bird strike on a Czech Air Force L-159 during a recent training exercise. The collision caused a fairly gigantic hole in the leading edge of the right wing, and only through good flying (and a healthy dose of luck) was the bird the only casualty. Of course, I’m sure a good ‘ole Murican warplane would’ve used its freedom armor to brush aside the pansy-ass European bird, but still: birdstrikes are scary, even in a flying death machine.

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