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Top bird for our top guns

Pereggrine falcon, pilot and plane
At an airfield in Lancashire, we look at the peregrine falcon and how this bird, considered to be one of the most successful birds of prey in the world has inspired the world of aviation.

For years engineers have recognised that when they hit a problem, nature has probably encountered and resolved that same issue years before.  It’s a sensible place to start looking for a solution. 

The peregrine falcons hooked bill, powerful wings, large feet and sharp talons all contribute to it being the fastest bird in the world so it’s no surprise that it has inspired developments in aviation and technology for years. 

Take the solution to managing airflow in and around the jet engine – a repetition from nature.  The air pressure from a 200mph dive on its prey could damage the bird’s lungs if it wasn’t for the small cone shaped bones within its nostrils (called baffles) which guide the powerful airflow away from the nostrils enabling the bird to breathe more easily while diving.  A similar cone design was devised to tackle the same issue in the jet engine.  

Mark Bowman, Typhoon test pilot stands by the old adage ‘If it looks good it probably is good’.  A look at the Typhoon and the falcon proves it.  Both come packed with aerodynamic prowess and some serious attack capabilities built in.

With uncompromising speed and agility the Peregrine Falcon and the Typhoon aircraft have a few things in common from incredible eyesight to some top rating speeds.

To this day the peregrine falcon plays an important part in the development of aircraft.  No less than in a role that sees the bird protecting pilot and plane.  At our airfield in Warton, Lancashire falcons are used on a daily basis to scare birds from the airfield to reduce the risk of bird strike.  Improving flight safety to support the development of the Typhoon aircraft.  

A top bird for our top guns.