People ask questions and can’t believe this rare piece of military equipment on display at the Calgary Stampede is authentic.

The Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) causing many stares and gawking was officially retired from Afghanistan in 2009, according to Private Brandon Vick.

“We only had 18 of these but we don’t use them anymore,” Vick said.

The machine was used to spy or go into enemy land — without anyone in it — and can take video of what the army may have to face.

“People can’t believe it’s just a machine and that we don’t put anyone in it. It’s pretty cool; it was a really useful piece of equipment.”

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