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  • n  an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades

  • Only the Pentagon could turn a $60 million helicopter the European-made EH-101 into a $480 million whirlybird.
  • When Wilkins was dangling about three feet off the ground, another blast of Communist fire struck the hovering whirlybird and it crashed to the ground.
  • Bradlee was furious and used the whirlybird until two weeks before her due date last January.
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  • Watch This Ultralight, 3–D–Printed Ornithopter Flap Around Like A Dragonfly
    We've all heard of consumer drones that use rotors to carry cameras (or pizza ) or anything else you can imagine , but this Japanese company ditched whirlybird propellers for the simplest of flight mechanics: flapping wings. The best part? Most of it can be churned out of a 3–D printer. Ditching the popular quadcopter consumer drone format, in 2009 Osaka–based Flapping Wing Production Studio ...
    Aug. 26, 2013 - Fast Company Magazine

  • Duane Kuiper in Nevada Appeal
    He wasn't very good at it,Kuiper said, a smile on his face. "He tried to do a Whirlybird. As soon as the doctor said it was OK, he was back up rollerblading."
  • Gil Haskell in Seattle Times
    In Saturday's playoff game against [Washington] when he ran to his left and he did the whirlybird and threw it downfield? That's what he used to do,Haskell said. "It hasn't happened this year since that first game in Jacksonville. Those...

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