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Maxwell Air Force Base

Maxwell Air Force Base known as Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, is a United States Air Force installation under the Air Education and Training Command. The installation is located in Montgomery, Alabama, US. Occupying the site of the first Wright Flying School, it was named in honor of Second Lieutenant William C. Maxwell, a native of Atmore, Alabama; the base is the headquarters of Air University, a major component of Air Education and Training Command, is the U. S. Air Force's center for Joint Professional Military Education; the host wing for Maxwell-Gunter is the 42d Air Base Wing. The Air Force Reserve Command's 908th Airlift Wing is a tenant unit and the only operational flying unit at Maxwell; the 908 AW and its subordinate 357th Airlift Squadron operates eight C-130H Hercules aircraft for theater airlift in support of combatant commanders worldwide. As an AFRC airlift unit, the 908th is operationally gained by the Air Mobility Command. Gunter Annex is a separate installation under the 42 ABW.

Known as Gunter Field, it became known as Gunter Air Force Station when its runways were closed and its operational flying activity eliminated. It was renamed Gunter Air Force Base during the 1980s; as a hedge against future Base Realignment and Closure closure actions, Gunter AFB was consolidated under Maxwell AFB in March 1992 to create a combined installation known as Maxwell/Gunter AFB. Maxwell AFB is the site of Federal Prison Camp, Montgomery, a minimum security facility for male inmates. Toward the end of February 1910, the Wright Brothers decided to open one of the world's earliest flying schools at the site that would subsequently become Maxwell AFB; the Wrights taught the principles of flying, including take-offs, balancing and landings. The Wright Flying School closed on May 26, 1910; the field served as a repair depot during World War I. In fact, the depot built the first plane made in Montgomery and exhibited it at the field on September 20, 1918. Repair activity at the depot was curtailed at the end of the war.

The Aviation Repair Depot's land was leased by the U. S. Army during World War I, purchased on January 11, 1920 for $34,327. Diminished postwar activity caused the U. S. War Department in 1919 to announce that it planned to close thirty-two facilities around the country, including the Aviation Repair Depot. In 1919, the Aviation Repair Depot had a $27,000 monthly civilian payroll, was a vital part of the city's economy; the loss of the field would have been a serious blow to the local Montgomery economy. The field remained open into the early 1920s only because the War Department was slow in closing facilities. After this initial reprieve, the War Department announced in 1922 that facilities on the original closure list would indeed close in the near future. City officials were not surprised to hear that Aviation Repair Depot remained on the list, because 350 civilian employees had been laid off in June 1921. On November 8, 1922, the War Department redesignated the depot as Maxwell Field in honor of Atmore, Alabama native, Second Lieutenant William C.

Maxwell. On 12 August 1920, engine trouble forced Lieutenant Maxwell to attempt to land his DH-4 in a sugarcane field in the Philippines. Maneuvering to avoid a group of children playing below, he struck a flagpole hidden by the tall sugarcane and was killed instantly. On the recommendation of his former commanding officer, Major Roy C. Brown, the Montgomery Air Intermediate Depot, Alabama, was renamed Maxwell Field. In 1923, it was one of three U. S. Army Air Service aviation depots. Maxwell Field repaired aircraft engines in support of flying training missions such as those at Taylor Field, southeast of Montgomery. Maxwell Field, as most Army air stations and depots developed during World War I, was on leased properties with temporary buildings being the mainstay of construction; these temporary buildings/shacks were built to last two to five years. By the mid-1920s, these dilapidated wartime buildings had become a national disgrace. Congressional investigations showed that the manning strength of the U.

S. Army's air arm was deficient; these critical situations led to the Air Corps Act of 1926 and the two major programs that transformed Army airfields. The Air Corps Act changed the name and status of the Army Air Service to the U. S. Army Air authorized a five-year expansion program. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, this program and its companion, the 1926 Army Housing Program, produced well-designed, permanent buildings and infrastructure at all Army airfields retained after World War I. Taking up the cause of Maxwell Field was freshman Congressman J. Lister Hill, a World War I veteran who served with the 17th and 71st U. S. Infantry Regiments. He, as well as other Montgomery leaders, recognized the historical significance of the Wright Brother's first military flying school and the potential of Maxwell Field to the local economy. In 1925 Hill, a member of the House Military Affairs Committee, affixed an amendment to a military appropriations bill providing $200,000 for the construction of permanent buildings at Maxwell Field.

This amendment did not have the approval of the War Department nor the Army Air Corps, but as a result of this massive spending on Maxwell Field, the War Department kept it open. Hill recognized that to keep Maxwell Field open, it needed to be fiscally or militarily valuable to the War Department. In September 1927, Hill met with Major General Mason M. Patrick, chief of the Army Air Corps, his assistant, Brigadier General James E. Fechet, to discuss the placement of an attack group at Maxwell Field


SignalFx is a SaaS-based monitoring and analytics platform based in San Mateo, California which allows customers to analyze, visualize and alert on metrics data from infrastructure, microservices and functions. At the core of the platform is a streaming architecture that splits metric data points into two streams, one for human readable metadata and the other for time-series values; the data is routed through a pub-sub bus to SignalFlow, a python-like analytics language accessible through the main SignalFx GUI and through programmable API's. The platform is able to process millions of data points per second at 1-second resolution with less than 2 seconds of latency, from ingestion to alert. SignalFx was co-founded by Karthik Rau and Phillip Liu in February 2013. Phillip Liu worked at Facebook for four years as a software architect and Karthik Rau worked at Delphix and VMware. SignalFx received $8.5 million in a Series A investment from Andreessen Horowitz, adding Ben Horowitz to its board. In 2015 Signal Fx received $20 million in Series B investment led by Charles River Ventures with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, adding Devdutt Yellurkar to its board.

In May 2018, SignalFx announced its Series D funding of $45 million led by General Catalyst with participation from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and Charles River Ventures. This round brings total funding for SignalFx to $103.5 million since its founding in 2013. SignalFx serves over a hundred customers, including Athenahealth, HubSpot, EllieMae, Kayak, Shutterfly and Yelp. On August 21, 2019, SignalFx was acquired by Splunk for $1 billion. Official site

Al Ford

For other people named "Al Ford", see Alan Ford Allan "Al" Ford is a Canadian retired professional boxer. He is a former CBF Lightweight Champion. Ford made his debut as a professional boxer on October 20, 1967, a 3rd round knockout win over Joe Hogue, making his professional debut. Two months Ford defeated Ron Lyke by first-round knockout. Ford fought an opponent with a winning record for the first time in his fifth fight, defeating 4-0 Mickey McMillan by split decision after eight rounds. Ford would win his first 37 fights, picking up the vacant Canadian lightweight title with a win against 9-1 Julie Mandell and successful defending it several times. Ford's first notable win was a 10-round decision against 30-3-1 Raul Montoya on October 27, 1970; the first loss of Ford's professional boxing career came against 24-22-5 Percy Hayles in Kingston, Jamaica in a contest for the Commonwealth lightweight title. Hayles outboxed Ford in a 15 rounder to take the decision. Ford would continue to fight, winning his next four bouts before back-to-back loses to Ken Buchanan and Alfonso Frazer.

Ford would lose a rematch with Percy Hayles by TKO and would lose his Canadian lightweight title to Johnny Summerhays in November 1975. Ford was still winning more than he was losing, but he lost to most of his notable opponents, including to 15-4 Ralph Racine, to 15-0 Rick Folstad in 1978, to 17-0 Aaron Pryor in 1979. Ford fought Nick Furlano of Toronto for the Canadian junior welterweight title in 1979, losing by 14th-round knockout. Near the end losses became more frequent, he would lose again to Summerhays in 1980 and dropped a decision to 17-0 Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini in 1981. According to witnesses at the time, Ford was involved in long street fight outside an Edmonton nightclub after a dispute around this time. After losing six of his last seven fights, capped by a brutal decision loss to future prospect Michael Olajide on June 17, 1982, Ford retired with a final record of 55-19 with 19 wins coming by knockout, he is the father of professional boxer Ryan Ford. Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Hall of Fame Canadian Boxing Federation CBF Lightweight Championship Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame Hall of Fame Professional boxing record for Al Ford from BoxRec

Mitsubishi Kinsei

The Mitsubishi Kinsei was a 14-cylinder, air-cooled, twin-row radial aircraft engine developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan in 1934 for the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Mitsubishi model designation for this engine was A8. In the middle of the war, the engine was adopted by Army, so it got designation Ha-112, its unified designation code was Ha-33. Cylinder and detail design was based on the single-row, 9-cylinder air-cooled Pratt and Whitney R-1689 Hornet, but underwent numerous modifications and improvements. 3 910 hp 3 Kai 910 hp Model 41 1,075 hp Model 42 1,075 hp Model 43 1,000–1,080 hp Model 44 1,000–1,075 hp Model 45 1,075 hp Model 46 1,070 hp Model 48 1,080 hp Model 51 1,300 hp Model 53 1,300 hp Model 54 1,200–1,300 hp Model 62 1,560 hp Aichi D3A Aichi E13A Aichi E16A Aichi M6A2 Kawanishi H6K Kawanishi N1K5-J Kawasaki Ki-96 Kawasaki Ki-100 Kawasaki Ki-102 Kyushu J7W1 Mitsubishi A6M8 Mitsubishi A7M2 Mitsubishi B5M Mitsubishi G3M Mitsubishi Ki-46-III Nakajima C6N4 Nakajima G8N2 Nakajima Ki-43-IIIb Nakajima/Mahshu Ki-116 Showa/Nakajima L2D2-L2D5 Yokosuka D4Y3-D4Y4 Yokosuka P1Y5 Data from Jane's.

Type: 14-cylinder air-cooled twin-row radial engine Bore: 140 mm Stroke: 150 mm Displacement: 32.3 L Length: 1,646 mm Diameter: 1,218 mm Dry weight: 545 kg Valvetrain: Overhead valve, one inlet and one exhaust valve per cylinder, pushrod operated. Supercharger: Centrifugal, single speed. Oil system: Triple section pump, one pressure pump, two scavenge pumps. Cooling system: Air-cooled Reduction gear: Planetary gear, 0.7:1 ratio. Power output: 1,075 hp at 2,500 rpm at 2,000 m maximum. Specific power: 24.8 kW/L Compression ratio: 6.6:1 Power-to-weight ratio: 1.5 kW/kg Related development Mitsubishi Shinten Mitsubishi Kasei Comparable engines BMW 801 Bristol Hercules Bristol Taurus Fiat A.74 Gnome-Rhône 14N Nakajima Sakae Piaggio P. XI Piaggio P. XIX Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Shvetsov ASh-82 Wright R-2600Related lists List of aircraft engines

Tom Barry (rugby league, University)

. Tom Barry was an Australian rugby league footballer, he played for University in the New South Wales Rugby League competition. Barry is not to confused with Tom Barry who played for South Eastern Suburbs. Barry made his first grade debut for University against Western Suburbs in Round 7 1922 at Pratten Park in a 39-5 loss. University went on to finish the 1922 season in second last place. In 1923 and 1924, University finished last on the table claiming back to back wooden spoons. Barry missed the entire 1925 season before returning in 1926. In 1926, University went on to finish 4th on the table and qualified for their first finals campaign; the Students went on to defeat Glebe to reach the grand final with Barry scoring a try in the preliminary final victory. In the grand final, The Students opponents were South Sydney who boasted the likes of George Treweek, Eddie Root and Alf Blair and had gone the previous season undefeated. Barry played at centre in the game. A second half fightback by University was not enough and Souths ran out winners 11-5 at the Royal Agricultural Society Grounds in front of 20,000 spectators.

In 1927, University claimed the wooden spoon. Barry's last game for the club was against Newtown at Earl Park, Arncliffe in Round 18 1927. Barry finished the 1927 season as the club's joint top try scorer

George Arthur Barnes

George Arthur Barnes was an English racing motorcyclist and a pioneer aviator. Barnes was born at Hoxton, London on 19 July 1883, he attended school at North House School Crawley. His first pedal cycle race in Southend was over Easter weekend in April 1901, he earned the 1 mile tandem cycle record at Crystal Palace on 8 October 1901. He earned the one hour and 50 miles records at Crystal Palace on 19 June 1902. Between 1904 and 1905, Barnes was in a partnership with George Wilton and selling motorcycles as George A. Barnes & Co.. On 21 June 1910, Barnes flew a Humber monoplane at Brooklands to gain the Royal Aero Club's Aviator's Certificate No. 16, although he was employed by the Humber company as a pilot. In the 1911 Census of Lewisham, he described himself as an aviator living at the Crown and Anchor in Lewisham with his widowed mother, he died of Pneumonia on 1 February 1919 at Paddington, London