Blue Angels

The Blue Angels is the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron, formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal aerobatic team in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931. The Blue Angels' McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets are flown by five Navy demonstration pilots and one Marine Corps demonstration pilot; the Blue Angels perform aerial displays annually in at least 60 shows at 30 locations throughout the United States and two shows at one location in Canada. The "Blues" still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in the inaugural 1946 season. An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows from March through November each year. Members of the Blue Angels team visit more than 50,000 people in schools and community functions at air show cities. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 505 million spectators; as of November 2011, the Blue Angels received $37 million annually out of the annual DoD budget. The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is "to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach."

The Blue Angels' current show season has 61 shows at 32 locations from the middle of March through the beginning of November 2019. The "Blues" perform at both military and non-military airfields, over major U. S. cities and capitals such as the Chicago Air and Water Show, Cleveland's annual Labor Day Air Show, Jacksonville's Sea and Sky Spectacular, Milwaukee Air and Water Show, Oklahoma City's Star Spangled Salute Air Show, San Francisco's "Fleet Week" Maritime Festival, Seattle's annual Seafair Festival. A show is performed annually each May for the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, including a flyover of graduation ceremonies. Canada is included in the Blue Angels schedule for air shows, such as the Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada Air Show Atlantic. During their aerobatic demonstration, the Blues fly six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, split into the diamond formation and the Lead and Opposing Solos. Most of the show alternates between maneuvers performed by the Diamond Formation and those performed by the Solos.

The Diamond, in tight formation and at lower speeds, performs maneuvers such as formation loops and transitions from one formation to another. The Solos showcase the high performance capabilities of their individual aircraft through the execution of high-speed passes, slow passes, fast rolls, slow rolls, tight turns; the highest speed flown during an air show is 700 mph and the lowest speed is 120 mph. Some of the maneuvers include both solo aircraft performing at once, such as opposing passes and mirror formations; the Solos join the Diamond Formation near the end of the show for a number of maneuvers in the Delta Formation. The parameters of each show must be tailored in accordance with local weather conditions at showtime: in clear weather the high show is performed; the high show requires at least an 8,000-foot ceiling and visibility of at least 3 nautical miles from the show's centerpoint. The minimum ceilings allowed for low and flat shows are 1,500 feet, respectively; the team flies the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet since 1986, which had served in the fleet and are being maintained and updated to be combat-ready fighter aircraft.

Modifications to each F/A-18 include removal of the weapons and replacement with the tank that contains smoke-oil used in demonstrations, outfitting with the control stick spring system for more precise aircraft control input. Control sticks are tensioned with 35 pounds of force installed on the control stick as to allow the pilot minimal room for uncommanded movement; the show's narrator flies a two-seat F/A -18 D Hornet, to show sites. The Blues use this jet for backup, to give demonstration rides to VIP civilians. Three backseats at each show are available; the No. 4 slot pilot flies the No. 7 aircraft in Friday's "practice" shows. The Blue Angels used a United States Marine Corps Lockheed C-130T Hercules, nicknamed "Fat Albert", for their logistics, carrying spare parts, to carry support personnel between shows. Beginning in 1975, "Bert" was used for Jet Assisted Take Off and short aerial demonstrations just prior to the main event at selected venues, but the JATO demonstration ended in 2009 due to dwindling supplies of rockets.

"Fat Albert Airlines" flies with an all-Marine crew of five enlisted personnel. The current "Bert" was retired from service in May 2019 with 30,000 flight hours; the Blue Angels will be replacing it with an Ex-RAF C-130J. In August 2018, Boeing was awarded a contract to convert nine single-seat F/A-18E Super Hornets and two F/A-18F two-seaters for Blue Angels use, the converted aircraft are due to be completed 2021; as of the 2019 season, there have been 267 demonstration pilots in the Blue Angels since their inception. List of every Blue Angels team. All team members, both officer and enlisted and staff officers, come from the ranks of regular Navy and United States Marine Corps units; the demonstration pilots and narrator are made up of Navy and USM

Kodak Photo Spot

A Kodak Photo Spot is a location with a Kodak-sponsored sign indicating a recommended spot from which to take a photograph. They are found in areas popular with tourists, are common in Disney theme parks; this was until 2012, when the Kodak company filed for bankruptcy, ended their sponsorship as the camera and film supplier for Disney Parks. In 2013, Nikon became the official sponsor of camera supplies in Disney Parks in the US, the Kodak Photo Spots were re-branded as Nikon Photo Spots. One such sign reads, "This location recommended by top photographers to help you tell the story of your visit in pictures."In a project for the Center for Land Use Interpretation, artists Melinda Stone and Igor Vamos installed "Suggested Photo Spots" signs at various locations across the United States. Images of Photo Spots and Picture Spots at Flickr

Wah Yan College, Hong Kong

Wah Yan College, Hong Kong along with her brother school Wah Yan College Kowloon is a grant-in-aid secondary school in Hong Kong. Founded on 16 December 1919 by Tsui Yan Sau Peter, it is now a Roman Catholic secondary school for boys run by the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus. Subsidised by the Government of Hong Kong, it is a grammar school using English as the medium of instruction, it is considered, together with its brother school Wah Yan College and feeder school Pun U Association Wah Yan Primary School, as one of the most prestigious boys' schools in Hong Kong. It has an enrolment of 800 students with 60 teachers and a few Irish Jesuit Fathers; the supervisor of the school is Rev. Fr. Stephen Chow, S. J., an alumnus of the school, a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest, an educational psychologist. The current principal of the school is Dr. Davis Chan; the school was founded by Tsui Yan Sau Peter on 16 December 1919 on the 3rd and 4th floors of 60 Hollywood Road, which houses the Kung-Lee sugar cane juice store and is listed as a Grade II Historic Building.

On the first day of school there were only four students. In subsequent years, the school used 54A Peel Street and 33 Mosque Junction as campuses; as the number of students rose, the school moved to a new campus at 2 Robinson Road after Lunar New Year 1921. On 1 October 1922 the school was listed as a Grant-in-aid school. In 1924 a new branch, now known as Wah Yan College, was established. A hostel in Wah Yan opened in 1927; that same year the first Irish Jesuit Fr John Neary taught religious studies. In the early days of Wah Yan, the grades were not named Forms 1–7 but Classes 1–8; the "classes" were numbered in reverse order: Class 1 was equivalent to today's Form 6, Class 6 was equivalent to today's Form 1 and Class 8 was equivalent to our Primary 5. In 1932 the school was transferred to the Society of Jesus, after a long series of negotiations between the original administration and the Jesuit fathers; the transfer was completed on 31 December, Fr Gallagher, S. J. replaced Lim Hoi Lan as the headmaster.

The school was given a new name: College of Christ the King. In 1933, the College published the first volume of The Star. A house system was introduced in 1934. In 1940 the hostel was closed down. In December 1941, with the invasion of Hong Kong by Japanese troops, classes were suspended. Fr Gallagher and Fr McAsey were interned by the Japanese. During the War, Wah Yan continued operations in Macau for a period of time. There was another Wah Yan set up during the occupation but it closed down shortly before the war ended. After the Japanese troops surrendered, the school reopened on 8 September 1945. In the year, Wah Yan Middle School was re-established as the Chinese stream of the school. In March 1946, the Wah Yan Dramatic Society, consisting of alumni of the school and Wah Yan College, commenced activities, was founded the following year, its first production was "The Thrice Promised Bride". A night school was started on 17 February 1948; the next year, an afternoon school opened. In 1950 the Chinese stream of the school was closed down.

In 1951, the classes were renamed "forms": Class 1 became Form 6, Class 2 became Form 5, so on. Class 7 and Class 8 were renamed Primary 5 respectively. In 1952 the afternoon school was closed. In 1954, construction for a new campus at Mount Parish, Wan Chai started. On 27 September 1955 the new campus was formally opened by Sir Alexander Grantham Governor of Hong Kong; the school newspaper, "Starlet", was established in 1964. In 1971, Wah Yan College, Hong Kong helped to manage the Pun U Primary School while the Pun U Association remaining the school sponsoring body; the primary school was renamed Pun U Association Wah Yan Primary School, was established as the feeder primary school. The night school was closed in 1984; the streaming to Arts and Science began in Form 4 in 1986. On 12 April 1987, the Gordon Wu Hall to the north of the main building was opened. In the same year Wah Yan achieved its first "10 A's" in the HKCEE examinations. On 8 May 1992, heavy rainfall caused a severe landslide at the junction of Kennedy Road and Queen's Road East.

It killed the driver of a passing car. The landslide caused the laboratory block to sink. Cracks were found in the playground and a crack in the classroom block had to be covered with stainless steel plates. In the same year three Wah Yan students achieved "10 As" in the HKCEE. Six classrooms were demolished in 1993 as a result of the landslide, they were rebuilt and were reopened in 1998. The first version of the school website was set up by Dr Ashley Cheng in 1994. In 1997, the Parent-Teacher Association was established. In 1998, all classrooms were fitted with air-conditioning. There had been plans to redevelop the school since 1995. However, the initial plans were aborted due to lack of funds and local law restrictions on architecture. In 2001 the Education and Manpower Bureau planned to upgrade all existing schools in Hong Kong to millennium standard, the College applied for part of the necessary funds for redevelopment; the School Development Project was formally launched on 26 January 2003, works were started on 25 May 2003 with the demolition of the old music room block.

The original aims of the SDP were to: Upgrade the school campus to millennium standards Provide extra classrooms required by the "through-train" education mode Construct a new assembly hall