TIANJIN, China—A crude plastic mockup of an improbable doughnut-shaped military helicopter was displayed at the China Helicopter Expo, held here Oct. 10-14. Painted in olive green and given military markings, the mockup was evidently intended to serve as a mere publicity attraction for the show—or perhaps as a joke. It nonetheless prompted news coverage that took it seriously. The placard placed near the mockup bore the name of no manufacturer. The implausible specification ...

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