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Lockheed S-3 Viking

The Lockheed S-3 Viking is a 4-crew, twin-engine turbofan-powered jet aircraft, used by the U. S. Navy for anti-submarine warfare. In the late 1990s, the S-3B's mission focus shifted to surface warfare and aerial refueling; the Viking provided electronic warfare and surface surveillance capabilities to a carrier battle group. A carrier-based, all-weather, long-range, multi-mission aircraft; because of its characteristic sound, it was nicknamed the "War Hoover" after the vacuum cleaner brand. The S-3 was phased out from front-line fleet service aboard aircraft carriers in January 2009, its missions being taken over by aircraft like the P-3C Orion, Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Several aircraft were flown by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Thirty at Naval Base Ventura County / NAS Point Mugu, for range clearance and surveillance operations on the NAVAIR Point Mugu Range until 2016 and one S-3 is operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the NASA Glenn Research Center.

In the mid-1960s, the USN developed the VSX requirement for a replacement for the piston-engined Grumman S-2 Tracker as an anti-submarine aircraft to fly off aircraft carriers. In August 1968, a team led by Lockheed and a Convair/Grumman team were asked to further develop their proposals to meet this requirement. Lockheed recognised that it had little experience in designing carrier based aircraft, so Ling-Temco-Vought was brought into the team, being responsible for the folding wings and tail, the engine nacelles, the landing gear, derived from LTV A-7 Corsair II and Vought F-8 Crusader. Sperry Univac Federal Systems was assigned the task of developing the aircraft's onboard computers which integrated input from sensors and sonobuoys. On 4 August 1969, Lockheed's design was selected as the winner of the contest and 8 prototypes, designated YS-3A were ordered; the first prototype was flown on 21 January 1972 by military test pilot John Christiansen, the S-3 entered service in 1974. During the production run from 1974 to 1978, a total of 186 S-3As have been built.

The majority of the surviving S-3As were upgraded to the S-3B variant, with 16 aircraft converted into ES-3A Shadow electronic intelligence collection aircraft. The S-3 is a conventional monoplane with a cantilever shoulder wing slightly swept with a leading edge angle of 15° and an straight trailing edge, its 2 GE TF-34 high-bypass turbofan engines mounted in nacelles under the wings provide excellent fuel efficiency, giving the Viking the required long range and endurance, while maintaining docile engine-out characteristics. The aircraft can seat 4 crew members with pilot and copilot/tactical coordinator in the front of the cockpit and the tactical coordinator and sensor operator in the back. Entry is via a hatch/ladder folding down out of the lower starboard side of the fuselage behind the cockpit, in between the rear and front seats on the starboard side; when the aircraft's anti-submarine warfare role ended in the late 1990s, the enlisted SENSOs were removed from the crew. In tanker crew configuration, the S-3B flew with a pilot and co-pilot/COTAC.

The wing is fitted with leading Fowler flaps. Spoilers are fitted to both the lower surfaces of the wings. All control surfaces are actuated by dual hydraulically boosted irreversible systems. In the event of dual hydraulic failures, an Emergency Flight Control System permits manual control with increased stick forces and reduced control authority. Unlike many tactical jets which required ground service equipment, the S-3 was equipped with an auxiliary power unit and capable of unassisted starts; the aircraft's original APU could provide only minimal electric power and pressurized air for both aircraft cooling and for the engines' pneumatic starters. A newer, more powerful APU could provide full electrical service to the aircraft; the APU itself was started from a hydraulic accumulator by pulling a handle in the cockpit. The APU accumulator was fed from the primary hydraulic system, but could be pumped up manually from the cockpit. All crew members sit on forward-facing, upward-firing Douglas Escapac zero-zero ejection seats.

In "group eject" mode, initiating ejection from either of the front seat ejects the entire crew in sequence, with the back seats ejecting 0.5 seconds before the front in order to provide safe separation. The rear seats are capable of self ejection and the ejection sequence includes a pyrotechnic charge that stows the rear keyboard trays out of the occupants' way before ejection. Safe ejection requires the seats to be weighted in pairs and when flying with a single crewman in the back the unoccupied seat is fitted with ballast. At the time it entered the fleet, the S-3 introduced an unprecedented level of systems integration. Previous ASW aircraft like the Lockheed P-3 Orion and S-3's predecessor, the Grumman S-2 Tracker, featured separate instrumentation and

Skipton House

Skipton House is a high specification office building in Elephant and Castle, Central London. It was built for a Japanese bank and sold on to accommodate staff of the Department of Health who were moved out of Alexander Fleming House; the project architect was Paul Cayford. Its address is 80 London Road SE1 6LH, next to the Bakerloo line entrance to Elephant & Castle tube station, it was opened by Virginia Bottomley, Secretary of State for Health, on 15 February 1993. Its floor area is 250,000 sq ft. From outside, the two outstanding characteristics are the dark brown marble cladding and the impressive entranceway. Inside, there is a large glass-topped central atrium, with the second to sixth floors having balconies; when the Information Centre for Health and Social Care was created on April 1, 2005 its London office was in Skipton House. It has since moved to Leeds, West Yorkshire. Furthermore, during 2005 substantial numbers of Department of Health staff were moved in from nearby Eileen House and Hannibal House where those leases had expired.

In 2011 a further tranche of Department of Health staff were moved in from nearby New Kings Beam House. It is the headquarters of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority. Plans have been announced to demolish Skipton House to make way for high end flats and restaurants; these demolition plans have since been withdrawn and planning application is being sought to add more floors. "Skipton House. Elephant & Castle". Cayford Architecture

Dario Baldauf

Dario Baldauf is an Austrian football player, who last played for Wolfsberger AC. Baldauf came through at the Bundesliga Nachwuchs Zentrum Vorarlberg and made his professional debut in the 2003/2004 season with Second Division side Austria Lustenau. After spending half the 2004/2005 season at VfB Admira Mödling and the other half at SW Bregenz, Baldauf moved to SCR Altach in 2005, he was released by SC Rheindorf Altach in the Austrian Football Bundesliga in summer 2008 and signed than for FC Lustenau 07. He predominantly plays as a right wingback, but is adept in the left wingback role. Dario Baldauf at Soccerway