SCIENTISTS TO SCRUTINIZE FALLING-PENGUIN STORY: AVweb reported way back
in '96 that Royal Air Force pilots stationed in the Falkland Islands
told a strange tale: Penguins, perhaps jealous of those machines that
can fly while they are earthbound, would stare as the aircraft flew
overhead, craning their necks till they toppled right over on their
backs. Environmentalists now are calling for limits on flights, so
British researchers are sending two helicopters to South Georgia Island
to fly over the birds and determine whether they really fall over.
Altitude restrictions are the likely outcome if the legend proves to be
true. But we think maybe the penguins enjoy watching the aircraft, just
like all those folks at an airshow, so our solution is to fit them with
little booty bumpers, so they would bounce back up.