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Davis–Monthan Air Force Base

Davis–Monthan Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base 5 miles south-southeast of downtown Tucson, Arizona. It was established in 1925 as Davis-Monthan Landing Field; the host unit for Davis–Monthan AFB is the 355th Wing assigned to Twelfth Air Force, part of Air Combat Command. The base is best known as the location of the Air Force Materiel Command's 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, the aircraft boneyard for all excess military and U. S. government aircraft and aerospace vehicles. Davis–Monthan Air Force Base is a key ACC installation; the 355th Wing provides A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support and OA-10 forward air controllers to ground forces worldwide. The 355 FW is the host unit, providing medical, logistical and operational support to all assigned units; the 355 FW is the sole formal training unit for the A-10 aircraft, providing initial and recurrent training to all U. S. Air Force A-10 and OA-10 pilots, to include those in the Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard.

The 355th is ACC's executive agent for INF and START treaty compliance. One of the wing's tenant units, the 55th Electronic Combat Group, is a geographically separated unit of the 55th Wing at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Tasked to provide offensive counter-information and electronic attack capabilities in support of U. S. and Coalition tactical air and special operations forces, the 55 ECG unit employs its Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call aircraft worldwide in tactical air operations in war and other contingencies. It provides initial and recurrent training to all EC-130H Compass Call pilots and air crew. Two other major tenants, the 563rd Rescue Group, the Air Force Reserve Command's 943rd Rescue Group, are tasked to provide combat search and rescue and personnel recovery support worldwide; the most prominent tenant is the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group of the Air Force Material Command. As the main location for the 309 AMARG, Davis–Monthan AFB is the sole aircraft boneyard for excess military and U.

S. government aircraft and other aerospace vehicles such as ballistic missiles. Tucson's dry climate and alkali soil make it an ideal location to preserve aircraft; the base was named in honor of World War I pilots Lieutenants Samuel H. Davis and Oscar Monthan, both Tucson natives. Davis, who attended the University of Arizona prior to enlisting in the Army in 1917, died in a Florida aircraft accident in 1921. Monthan enlisted in the Army as a private in 1917, was commissioned as a ground officer in 1918, became a pilot. In 1919, the Tucson Chamber of Commerce aviation committee established the nation's first municipally owned airfield at the current site of the Tucson Rodeo Grounds; the rapid increase in aviation activities meant a move in 1927 to the site, now Davis–Monthan Air Force Base. After the City of Tucson acquired land southeast of town for a runway in 1925, Charles Lindbergh, fresh from his nonstop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, flew his "Spirit of St. Louis" to Tucson in 1927 to dedicate Davis-Monthan Field the largest municipal airport in the United States.

Military presence at the field began when Sergeant Simpson relocated his fuel and service operation to the site on 6 October 1927. He kept a log containing names of the field's customers, including Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Foulois, Jimmy Doolittle. Doolittle, awarded the Medal of Honor for his 1942 Tokyo raid, was the first military customer at the field on 9 October 1927; the combination of civil and military operations worked well until the early 1940s, when military requirements began to require the relocation of civil aviation activities. Davis-Monthan Airport became Tucson Army Air Field in 1940, as the United States prepared for World War II; the first assigned U. S. Army Air Corps units were the 1st Bomb Wing, 41st Bomb Group and 31st Air Base Group, activating on 30 April 1941 with Lieutenant Colonel Ames S. Albro Sr. as commanding officer. In its military role, the base became known as Davis-Monthan Army Air Field on 3 December 1941. U. S. Army Air Forces leaders utilized the airfield for heavy bomber operation, sending Douglas B-18 Bolo, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers, for training and observation missions.

Among the bombardment groups trained at the base during the war: Training at the airfield came to a halt on 14 August 1945, when the Japanese surrendered. Davis-Monthan played a post-war role by housing German POW's from June 1945 to March 1946, it served as a separation center, which brought the base populace to a high of 11,614 people in September 1945. With the end of the war, operations at the base came to a virtual standstill, it was that the base was selected as a storage site for hundreds of decommissioned aircraft, with the activation of the 4105th Army Air Force Unit. The 4105th oversaw the storage of excess B-29s and C-47 "Gooney Birds." Tucson's low humidity and alkali soil made it an ideal location for aircraft storage and preservation, awaiting cannibalization or possible reuse – a mission that has continued to this day. The Cold War era was ushered in at Davis-Monthan on 21 March 1946, with the installation placed under the claimancy of the established Strategic Air Command. SAC's presence at the base began in the form of the 40th and 444th Bombardment Groups, both equipped with B

Encyclopedia Magica

The Encyclopedia Magica is a four-volume series of accessories for the 2nd edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, published in 1994–1995. Encyclopedia Magica is a four-volume set that aims to cover every magic item in existence in the AD&D world, from Abacus of Calculation to Zwieback of Zymurgy; the series lists all of the AD&D magical items from two decades of TSR products—every boxed set and magazine article. The books total more than 1500 pages across the four volumes, are bound in a plastic jacket. Entries for the series were culled from the Dungeon Master's Guide, the Basic and Expert Sets and campaign settings, Dragon and other magazines; the fourth volume contains an index to the entire set, a complete magic item random determination table, includes some of the most numerous categories with entries on swords and wands. Encyclopedia Magica was a result of compilation and development by Dale Henson, was published by TSR. Encyclopedia Magica Volume One was released in 1994, while Encyclopedia Magica Volume Two was printed in February 1995, Encyclopedia Magica Volume Three was printed in May 1995, Encyclopedia Magica Volume Four was printed in November 1995.

Development and editing was by Doug Stewart. Interior black and white art for the series was by Arnie Swekel, while the four volumes featured interior color art variously by Gerald Brom, Clyde Caldwell, Jeff Easley, Fred Fields, Tim Hildebrandt, Paul Jaquays and Laura Lakey, Roger Loveless, Keith Parkinson, Roger Raupp, Robh Ruppel. In Dragon magazine #218, Rick Swan stated that these reference books possess "a diligence on the part of the researchers that borders on the superhuman", he said the series "A must for Dungeon Masters who want to spruce up their campaigns, for every TSR contributor who longs to see his masterpiece immortalized in an upscale format."Cliff Ramshaw reviewed Encyclopedia Magica Volume Four for Arcane magazine, rating it a 4 out of 10 overall. He wrote that it was Mostly for completists and that the items presented in the fourth volume were silly; the Encyclopedia Magica, Volume 1 won the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Supplement of 1994. Pyramid #15

Caroline Kellett

Caroline Kellett known just as Kellett, was a British journalist, fashion editor of Tatler and held a number of other positions in British fashion journalism. Kellett was born in Buckinghamshire and attended Wadham College, Oxford from where she graduated with a BA degree in History in 1981. Known for her distinctive personal style, she once arrived at an Oxford party in a punk outfit of tartan minidress with a cannon ball chained to her ankle, she spent two years in India studying yoga. After graduation, Kellet worked for Vogue, she commented on the latest trends, describing the Dreadshock look adopted by Posers as "the most inspired expression of teenage individualism yet". She was supportive of Karl Lagerfeld's updating of the Chanel look in the early 1980s, saying "All the stuff pre-Karl was so-o-o square."She was fashion editor for the London Evening Standard in 1988 and of Tatler. In 1989, she represented Tatler in an article in The Observer looking at the personal style of four fashion professionals.

In 1997 she was the society editor of OK! magazine and she worked for British W magazine. She was an active freelance writer. Kellett was married to the French banker, Jean-Marc Fraysse, in 2002