Can a Turkey Really Fly?

For centuries, people have debated the age-old question of whether or not a turkey can really fly. Well, the answer is yes – if a turkey can run fast enough.

It may sound like something straight out of a fairy tale, but a turkey can actually fly, if it runs fast enough. This phenomenon, which scientists have dubbed "runway flight," occurs when a turkey runs across the ground at such a high speed that its wings are able to lift it off the ground.

The process is similar to the way a plane takes off from a runway. In both cases, the momentum of the forward motion gives the wings enough lift to get off the ground. However, a turkey is not able to remain in the air for very long and will eventually crash back to the ground. So, how fast does a turkey need to run in order to fly? Scientists have calculated that a turkey needs to reach speeds of at least 25 mph in order to achieve takeoff. That’s quite impressive, considering that a turkey’s average running speed is only around 15 mph.

While a turkey may not be able to soar through the skies like a bird, they can certainly take flight if they run fast enough. It may not be a graceful sight, but it’s certainly an amazing feat of nature.