Ha.. preflight inspection of a 172 with a student. "See anything suspicious?" "Nope" "*sigh* MECHANIC!!!" "Wha?" "Does it strike you as unusual that the outer panel of one wing has a symmetrical airfoil, and the other wing has a drooped edge?" "They are the same part number... I think..."Birds can be heroes, too!
I've told all of my stories before, but back at FLX we had a dude (newish guy, I think) have a very similar birdstrike in a 210. As the story goes, he had just leaned down to grab a bite from his plate of Chinese cat-rolls when some sort of avian dinosaur came barging through the windshield, right over his head, then kersplatted in the back, breaking the BACK window as well, and leaving chunks of dead dino all over the place. I used to have pictures, can't find them atm, but they were pretty similar to those above. As the story goes, he landed, tromped in to the hangar, left his ID and portable scale on the desk, and was never seen again.
Not sure of the veracity of that account, but I can confirm that that aircraft had a bird-shaped kill-marking painted on most ricky-tick. 4502U I want to say? It was one of the late model ones with the 550. Didn't fly straight worth a damn, but that might not have been the bird's fault...none of them did. In point of fact, that MIGHT have been the same airplane that had one wing from an "N" and one wing from an "M", hard to remember.