A2_3 The Great Eggscape

Stephanie Neumann, Adam Crossland, Amy Fleetham, Jessica Goldie, George Holyoak


The movie “Chicken Run” sees a flock of chickens escape certain death by building an aircraft and flying out. By estimating the dimensions of this craft, “The Old Crate”, we calculated that atakeoff speed of 36ms−1 would be required for flight, which gave a kinetic energy of 130 KJ. Reviewing the movie showed that a total of 40 chickens power the craft through pedalling. Assuming 100% efficiency we calculated that the chickens could only supply 3.2 KJ of energy, hence, would not in fact escape their fate.

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