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Early efforts to imitate maple pods produced the whirligig, a children's toy popular in China as well as in medieval Europe. During the fifteenth century, Leonardo da Vinci, the renowned Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer, sketched a flying machine that may have been based on the whirligig.
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The U.S. Forest Service acquired 25 retired AH-1Fs from the U.S. Army. These have been designated Bell 209s and are being converted into Firewatch Cobras with infrared and low light sensors and systems for real time fire monitoring. Army attack helicopters have been stripped of their weapons and lasers. Cameras and infrared sensors have been added to convert them to Cobra Firewatch Helicopters for the CAL Fire Air Program.