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Good Question - Can Turkeys Fly?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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In honor of Thanksgiving, let's talk turkey. A viewer wants to know if turkeys can fly.

"As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Ah, those famous words from WKRP's Arthur Carlson on the CBS show WKRP in Cincinnatti. The Turkeys Away episode in 1978 was voted one of TV Guide's greatest in television history. It also taught millions that otherwise wouldn't know that turkeys can't fly.

But can they?

Actually, if you're talking about wil;d turkey, they can fly. They can fly extremely well for short distances. They can take off like helicopters going almost straight up. Wild turkeys can fly as fast as 55 miles-per-hour.

When you're talking about farm-raised turkey, the kind you buy and cook, those turkeys are often too heavy to lift off the ground. They weigh nearly twice that of a wild turkey.

So if WKRP had dropped wild turkey from that helicopter, they would have lived, and the episode may not have been so memorable.


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