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Naval Air Station Corpus Christi

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, is a United States Navy naval air base located six miles southeast of the central business district of Corpus Christi, in Nueces County, Texas. A naval air station for Corpus Christi had been proposed since the mid-1930s, the city's congressman, Richard M. Kleberg, supported it, but it remained a low priority construction project for the U. S. Navy as late as January 9, 1940. Rep. Lyndon B. Johnson made himself a key Texas ally of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's bid for a third term, the White House told the Navy Department to consult Johnson, heed his advice, on Navy contracts in Texas. By February 1940, the project was on the Navy's preferred list. Brown & Root, a Houston firm, shared the construction contract with another New Deal supporter, Henry Kaiser; the Roosevelt campaign in Texas no longer had a shortage of cash. The official step leading to the construction of the Naval Air Station was initiated by the 75th United States Congress in 1938. A board found that a lack of training facilities capable of meeting an emergency demand for pilots constituted a grave situation.

They recommended the establishment of a second air training station, further, that it be located on Corpus Christi Bay. NAS Corpus Christi was commissioned by its first Commanding Officer, CAPT Alva Berhard, on March 12, 1941; the first flight training started on May 5, 1941. In 1941, 800 instructors provided training for more than 300 student pilots a month; the training rate nearly doubled after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. By the end of World War II, more than 35,000 naval aviators had earned their wings there. Corpus Christi provided intermediate flight training in World War II, training naval pilots to fly SNJ, SNV, SNB, OS2U, PBY, N3N type airplanes. In 1944 it was the largest naval aviation training facility in the world; the facility covered 20,000 acres, had 997 hangars, barracks and other buildings. Former President George H. W. Bush was the youngest pilot to receive his wings at NAS Corpus Christi in June 1943. NAS Corpus Christi was home to the Blue Angels from 1951 to 1954, it served as a Project Mercury Tracking station in the early 1960s.

Today, the Naval Aviator training program at NAS Corpus Christi is much longer 18 months, due to the increased complexity of today's aircraft. Training Air Wing FOUR produces 400 newly qualified aviators each year via the "Maritime Pipeline" for shore-based U. S. Navy, U. S. Marine Corps and U. S. Coast Guard fixed-wing jet and turboprop aircraft, as well as a limited number of NATO/Allied/Coalition military pilots for similar aircraft. Training Air Wing FOUR consists of four squadrons. VT-27 and VT-28 handle primary training in a single engine turboprop aircraft. VT-31 and VT-35 provide advanced training in the twin engine T-44C Pegasus aircraft. Other aircraft found at NAS Corpus Christi include the P-3 Orions and General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drones operated by U. S. Customs and Border Protection. In addition to U. S. Navy Student Naval Aviators, VT-31 and VT-35 train Student Naval Aviators from the U. S. Marine Corps and U. S. Coast Guard; the station employs officer and civilian personnel serving in the U.

S. Navy, U. S. Marine Corps, U. S. Coast Guard, U. S. Army, U. S. Customs and Border Protection and the military services of numerous NATO/Allied/Coalition partner nations. In support of the base's training mission are three nearby outlying landing fields owned by the Navy: Naval Outlying Field Waldron, 3.5 miles southwest of the Naval Air Station, Naval Outlying Field Cabaniss, 8.0 miles west of the Naval Air Station and Naval Outlying Field Goliad, 57.7 miles north of the Naval Air Station. NAS Corpus Christi is home to the Corpus Christi Army Depot, the largest helicopter repair facility in the world; the commanding officer is Colonel Gail E. Atkins who took command of the depot on 20 July 2018; the Army is considering moving its helicopter squadron from Honduras to this air station to save money, using facilities abandoned when large Navy minesweeping helicopters moved elsewhere. Naval Air Training Command Corpus Christi Army Depot Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi Training Air Wing FOUR U.

S. Navy Reserve Navy Operational Support Center Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Jacksonville Det Corpus Christi Marine Aviation Training Support Group U. S. Customs and Border Protection Corpus Christi Army Depot Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi DLA Distribution Corpus Christi, Texas Naval Aviation Forecast Detachment Corpus Christi Navy Lodge Surveillance Support Center Veterinary Treatment Facility Commissary NAS Corpus Christi FAA Airport Master Record for NGP Training Air Wing Four Naval Air Station Corpus Christi FAA Airport Diagram, effective February 27, 2020Resources for this U. S. military airport: FAA airport information for NGP AirNav airport information for KNGP ASN accident history for NGP NOAA/NWS latest weather observations SkyVector aeronautical chart for KNGP

Zome

The term zome is used in several related senses. A zome in the original sense is a building using unusual geometries; the word "zome" was coined in 1968 by Steve Durkee, now known as Nooruddeen Durkee, combining the words dome and zonohedron. One of the earliest models ended up as a large climbing structure at the Lama Foundation. In the second sense as a learning tool or toy, "Zometool" refers to a model-construction toy manufactured by Zometool, Inc, it is sometimes thought in form. It appeals to adults as well as children, is educational on many levels; the term "Zome system" refers to the mathematics underlying the physical construction system. Both the building and the learning tool are the brainchildren of inventor/designer Steve Baer, his wife and associates. Following his education at Amherst College and UCLA, Steve Baer studied mathematics at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule. Here he became interested in the possibilities of building innovative structures using polyhedra. Baer and his wife, moved back to the U.

S. settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the early 1960s. In New Mexico, he experimented with constructing buildings of unusual geometries — buildings intended to be appropriate to their environment, notably to utilize solar energy well. Baer was fascinated with the dome geometry popularized by architect R. Buckminster Fuller. Baer was an occasional guest at Drop City, an arts and experimental community near Trinidad, CO, he wanted to design and construct buildings that didn't suffer from some of the limitations of the smaller, owner-built versions of geodesic domes. In recent years, the unconventional "zome" building-design approach with its multi-faceted geometric lines has been taken up by French builders in the Pyrenees. Home Work, a book published in 2004 and edited by Lloyd Kahn, has a section featuring these buildings. While many zomes built in the last couple decades have been wood-framed and made use of wood sheathing, much of what Baer himself designed and constructed involved metal framing with a sheet-metal outer skin.

Zomes have been used in the artistic and furniture areas. Zomadic, based in San Francisco, CA and founded by Rob Bell, incorporates zome geometry into artistic structures constructed from CNC machined plywood components. Bell is a frequent attendee at Burning Man, a yearly artistic showcase event located in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Richie Duncan of Kodama Zomes, based in southern Oregon has invented a structural system based on a hanging zome geometry, suspended from an overhead anchor point. Constructed of metal compressive elements and webbing tensile elements, the structures are able to be assembled and disassembled; this suspended zome system has been used in furniture, performing arts, treehouse applications. Yann Lipnick of Zomadic Concepts in France has an extensive study of, multiple project construction of zomes in many different materials, he highlights the universal appeal and healing atmosphere that zomes provide, has training classes and reference books on zome construction.

The Zometool plastic construction set is produced by a owned company of the same name, based outside of Boulder and which evolved out of Baer's company ZomeWorks. It is best described as a "space-frame construction set", its elements consist of small connector struts of various colors. The overall shape of a connector node is that of a non-uniform small rhombicosidodecahedron, except that each face is replaced by a small hole; the ends of the struts are designed to fit in the holes of the connector nodes, allowing for syntheses of a variety of structures. The idea of shape-coding the three types of struts was developed by Marc Pelletier and Paul Hildebrandt. To create the "balls," or nodes and Hildebrandt invented a system of 62 hydraulic pins that came together to form a mold; the first connector node emerged from their mold on April 1, 1992. These parts are made from state-of-the-art ABS plastic injection-mold technology. In the years since 1992, Zometool has enriched its line of products. Much of the development has focused on improving the variety of struts available.

Since 1992, the basic design of the connector node has not changed, hence the various parts released have remained universally compatible. From 1992 until 2000, Zometool produced many kits which included connector nodes and blue and red struts. In 2000, Zometool introduced green lines created in France by the architect Fabien Vienne, which were designed to allow the user to build, among other things, models of the regular tetrahedron and octahedron. In 2003, Zometool changed the style of the struts slightly; the struts "with clicks" have a different surface texture and they have longer nibs which allow for a more robust connection between connector node and strut. The color of a Zometool strut is associated with its cross section and with the shape of the hole of the connector node in which it fits; each blue strut has a rectangular cross section, each yellow strut has a triangular cross section, each red strut has a pentagonal cross section. The cross section of a green strut is a rhombus, where the ratio of the diagonals is √2.

The green struts, fitting in the "red" pentagonal holes, are not a part of the 1992 release of Zometool, using them is not as straightforward as the other colors. One may find a variety of colors of connector

French destroyer Le Mars

The French destroyer Le Mars was one of 14 L'Adroit-class destroyers built for the French Navy during the 1920s. The L'Adroit class was a enlarged and improved version of the preceding Bourrasque class; the ships had an overall length of 107.2 meters, a beam of 9.9 meters, a draft of 3.5 meters. The ships displaced 1,380 metric tons at 2,000 metric tons at deep load, they were powered by two geared steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft, using steam provided by three du Temple boilers. The turbines were designed to produce 31,000 metric horsepower, which would propel the ships at 33 knots; the ships carried 386 metric tons of fuel oil which gave them a range of 3,000 nautical miles at 15 knots. The main armament of the L'Adroit-class ships consisted of four Canon de 130 mm Modèle 1924 guns in single mounts, one superfiring pair each fore and aft of the superstructure, their anti-aircraft armament consisted of a pair of Canon de 37 mm Modèle 1925 guns. The ships carried two above-water triple sets of 550-millimeter torpedo tubes.

A pair of depth charge chutes were built into their stern. In addition two depth charge throwers were fitted for which six 100-kilogram depth charges were carried. Le Mars was laid down on 8 July 1925, launched on 28 August 1926 and completed on 20 January 1928. Cernuschi, Enrico & O'Hara, Vincent P.. "Toulon: The Self-Destruction and Salvage of the French Fleet". In Jordan, John. Warship 2013. London: Conway. Pp. 134–148. ISBN 978-1-84486-205-4. Chesneau, Roger, ed.. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. Greenwich, UK: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-146-7. Jordan, John & Moulin, Jean. French Destroyers: Torpilleurs d'Escadre & Contre-Torpilleurs 1922–1956. Barnsley, UK: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-198-4. Rohwer, Jürgen. Chronology of the War at Sea 1939–1945: The Naval History of World War Two. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-59114-119-2. Whitley, M. J.. Destroyers of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-326-1

Royal Australian Mint

The Royal Australian Mint is the sole producer of all of Australia's circulating coins. Opened in 1965 and situated in the Australian federal capital city of Canberra, in the suburb of Deakin, the Mint is a popular tourist destination for visitors and locals alike. Before the opening of the Australian mint, Australian coins were struck at branches of the Royal Mint - the Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint; the Royal Australian Mint is the first mint in Australia not to be a branch of the Royal Mint in London. The only other operational mint in Australia is the Perth Mint. Planning for the mint started in 1959 when it was proposed to move the Royal Mint branch in Melbourne to Canberra, it was opened by The Duke of Edinburgh on 22 February 1965, coinciding with decimal currency, introduced into circulation on 14 February 1966. The new mint cost A$5 million to build, with an additional $4 million for equipment; the new mint and the Melbourne Mint operated concurrently while sufficient stockpiles of new coinage were prepared and until it was felt that production in Canberra was proceeding smoothly, after which in 1967 the Melbourne mint was closed.

Some staff from the Melbourne mint relocated to Canberra to operate the new mint. However it was not until the early 1980s that the RAM was able to sustain solitary production of the full set of circulating Australian coins, so on several occasions in the 1960s and 1970s the RAM contracted production runs to the Perth Mint, the Royal Mint in both London and Llantrisant, on one occasion the Royal Canadian Mint; the mint consists of two buildings, an administration building, a process building. The administration building houses the engravers, a laboratory, a vibration-free basement where coinage is measured to ensure correct size and weight; the mint is an Australian Public Service agency, staffed through the Department of the Treasury. During 1984-1986 renovations were carried out to support the increasing demand for the production of collector coins, to improve the visitor facilities. Visitors can mint their own legal tender coin using visitor presses; the mint serves to manufacture Australia's legal tender precious metal coins.

Notes are produced by Note Printing Australia in Melbourne. The mint produces medals for military and civilian honours, most notably the Order of Australia; the mint produced medals for the 2000 Summer Olympics in conjunction with the Perth Mint. The Royal Australian Mint produces tokens made for commercial organisations such as casinos, car washes etc. Since its opening, the mint has produced over fifteen billion coins and has the capacity to produce two million coins per day. Coins have been struck for several Asian and South Pacific nations, including New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Western Samoa, the Cook Islands, Malaysia, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines. In November 2001, the mint issued the world's first coin with a double hologram, to commemorate the centenary of Australian federation; the mint creates bi-metallic coins, colour printed coins. On 11 December 2005 the Joint Standing Committee on Public Works tabled a report recommending the refurbishment of the Royal Australian Mint with a projected cost of A$41.2 million.

Work was planned to commence in October 2006 with completion dates of June 2008 for the process building, April 2009 for the administration building. The refurbishment planned to introduce industrial robots to the manufacturing process; the work was completed in 2009, the mint is now open to the public. In 2014, the Abbott Government announced a scoping study into selling the Royal Australian Mint. List of mints Royal Australian Mint's official website

Colin Bailie

Colin James Bailie is a former professional footballer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, who played in the Football League for Swindon Town and Cambridge United. Bailie began his career at Swindon Town, where he turned professional in 1982, he made his debut in the Third Division 5–0 defeat at Oxford United on 7 April 1982, playing as a full back. He made 121 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 4 goals, before a move to Reading in 1985 for a fee of £22,500. While at Elm Park, he played a further 84 league games and played at Wembley as Reading reached the final of the Full Members Cup in 1988. Cambridge United paid £25,000 for his services in 1988, when John Beck took over as manager in 1990, he converted Bailie to a midfielder, a position he played in as the club went on a run of successive promotions and FA Cup quarter-final appearances. In 1992, Bailie was quitting the game. League stats at Neil Brown's site

Suchao Nuchnum

Suchao Nuchnum is a Thai professional footballer who plays as a Midfielder for Thai League 3 club Muangkan United and was a member of Thailand national football team. Before becoming a footballer Suchao was a Muay Thai boxer, his ring name is "Kobnoi Sor. Sakunpan". Suchao or nicknamed "Kob" from Thai football fans spent his youth career with TOT S. C. during 2002-2003 season. He signed his first professional contract with the club and made his first senior appearance in 2004, he spent 5 years with the club until 2009, made 84 appearances with 33 goals before moving abroad to Indonesian club, Persib Bandung. The winger played a season with the Indonesians before returning to his homeland's club, Buriram United F. C.. Suchao was promoted to captain and has been playing for the team in different matches; the Thai midfielder was first called up for the U-23 squad in 2005 before promoted to senior squad in the same year. He was part of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup squad. In 2013, he was called up to the national team by Surachai Jaturapattarapong to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification.

TOTThai Division 1 League: 2003 Provincial League: 2006Buriram UnitedThai League 1: 2011 2013 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 Thai FA Cup: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 Thai League Cup: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 Thailand Champions Cup: 2019 Toyota Premier Cup: 2012, 2014, 2016 Kor Royal Cup: 2013, 2014, 2015 2016 Mekong Club Championship: 2015 Thailand U-23Sea Games Gold Medal.