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Vought F4U Corsair

The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw service in World War II and the Korean War. Designed and manufactured by Chance Vought, the Corsair was soon in great demand; the Corsair was designed and operated as a carrier-based aircraft, entered service in large numbers with the U. S. Navy in late 1944 and early 1945, it became one of the most capable carrier-based fighter-bombers of World War II. Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II and its naval aviators achieved an 11:1 kill ratio. Early problems with carrier landings and logistics led to it being eclipsed as the dominant carrier-based fighter by the Grumman F6F Hellcat, powered by the same Double Wasp engine first flown on the Corsair's first prototype in 1940. Instead, the Corsair's early deployment was to land-based squadrons of the U. S. Marines and U. S. Navy; the Corsair served exclusively as a fighter-bomber throughout the Korean War and during the French colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria.

In addition to its use by the U. S. and British, the Corsair was used by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, French Naval Aviation, other air forces until the 1960s. From the first prototype delivery to the U. S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured in 16 separate models, its 1942–53 production run was the longest of any U. S. piston-engined fighter. In February 1938 the U. S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics published two requests for proposal for twin-engined and single-engined fighters. For the single-engined fighter the Navy requested the maximum obtainable speed, a stalling speed not higher than 70 miles per hour. A range of 1,000 miles was specified; the fighter had to carry three with increased ammunition. Provision had to be made for anti-aircraft bombs to be carried in the wing; these small bombs would, according to thinking in the 1930s, be dropped on enemy aircraft formations. In June 1938, the U. S. Navy signed a contract with Vought for a prototype bearing the factory designation V-166B, the XF4U-1, BuNo 1443.

The Corsair design team was led by Rex Beisel. After mock-up inspection in February 1939, construction of the XF4U-1 powered by an XR-2800-4 prototype of the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp twin-row, 18-cylinder radial engine, rated at 1,805 hp went ahead as the first airframe designed from the start to have a Double Wasp engine fitted for flight; when the prototype was completed it had the biggest and most powerful engine, largest propeller, the largest wing on any naval fighter to date. The first flight of the XF4U-1 was made on 29 May 1940, with Jr. at the controls. The maiden flight proceeded until a hurried landing was made when the elevator trim tabs failed because of flutter. On 1 October 1940, the XF4U-1 became the first single-engine U. S. fighter to fly faster than 400 mph by flying at an average ground speed of 405 miles per hour from Stratford to Hartford. The USAAC's twin engine Lockheed P-38 Lightning had flown over 400 mph in January–February 1939; the XF4U-1 had an excellent rate of climb but testing revealed that some requirements would have to be rewritten.

In full-power dive tests, speeds of up to 550 miles per hour were achieved, but not without damage to the control surfaces and access panels and, in one case, an engine failure. The spin recovery standards had to be relaxed as recovery from the required two-turn spin proved impossible without resorting to an anti-spin chute; the problems meant delays in getting the design into production. Reports coming back from the war in Europe indicated that an armament of two.30 in synchronized engine cowling-mount machine guns, two.50 in machine guns was insufficient. The U. S. Navy's November 1940 production proposals specified heavier armament; the increased armament comprised three.50 caliber machine guns mounted in each wing panel. This improvement increased the ability of the Corsair to shoot down enemy aircraft. Formal U. S. Navy acceptance trials for the XF4U-1 began in February 1941; the Navy entered into a letter of intent on 3 March 1941, received Vought's production proposal on 2 April, awarded Vought a contract for 584 F4U-1 fighters, which were given the name "Corsair" — inherited from the firm's late-1920s Vought O2U naval biplane scout which first bore the name — on 30 June of the same year.

The first production F4U-1 performed its initial flight a year on 24 June 1942. It was a remarkable achievement for Vought; the F4U incorporated the largest engine available at the time, the 2,000 hp 18-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial. To extract as much power as possible, a large Hamilton Standard Hydromatic three-blade propeller of 13 feet 4 inches was used. To accommodate a folding wing the designers considered retracting the main landing gear rearward but, for the chord of wing, chosen, it was difficult to make the landing gear struts long enough to provide ground clearance for the large propeller, their solution was an inverted gull wing, which shortened the required length of the struts. The anhedral of the wing's center-section permitted the wing and fuselage to meet at the optimum angle for minimizing drag, without using wing root fairings; the bent wing, was heavier and more difficult to construct, offsetting these benefits. The

Three Can Play That Game

Three Can Play That Game is a 2007 romantic comedy film directed by Samad Davis and starring Jason George, Jazsmin Lewis, Vivica A. Fox, it is a sequel to the 2001 film Two. When Byron hits the big time, no one is happier than his girlfriend Tiffany - that is, until she catches him flirting with his sly new project manager Carla. While contemplating whether to break it off with Byron, Tiffany's best friend tells her about a specialist for women whose men can not control their primitive urges. Enter Ms. Shanté Smith. Using her knowledge of the male psyche and her new Five Step program, Shanté gives Tiffany the necessary tools she needs to "train" Byron and teach him a lesson for his behavior. However, Byron has expert advice in his corner, courtesy of his best friend Gizzard. Once again, the battle for the title of the superior sex is on. Vivica A. Fox — Shanté Smith Donna BiscoeMrs. Thompson Jazsmin Lewis — Tiffany Jason George — Byron Thompson John Atwood — Dexter McKinzie Kellita Smith — Carla Liz Langford — Karen Thompson L. Warren Young — Mr. Thompson Melyssa Ford — Candy Rashan Ali — Monica Terri J. Vaughn — Linda Tony Rock — Gizzard Three Can Play That Game at AllMovie Three Can Play That Game on IMDb

Pan Men-an

Pan Men-an is a Taiwanese politician. He has been the Magistrate of Pingtung County since 25 December 2014. Pan was born to a fishermen's family. Pan graduated from the graduate institute of continuing education of National Kaohsiung Normal University. Pan became the member of Pingtung County Council on 1 March 1998 and served two terms until 28 February 2006. Pan was elected as the member of Legislative Yuan after the 2004 Republic of China legislative election held on 11 December 2004 and served from 1 February 2005 until 31 January 2008. Pan was elected again as the member representing the Democratic Progressive Party for Pingtung County 3rd electoral district after winning the 2008 Republic of China legislative election held on 12 January 2008 and served from 1 February 2008 until 31 January 2012, he was reelected again to the office after winning the 2012 Republic of China legislative election held on 14 January 2012 and served from 1 February 2012 until 25 December 2014. Pan was elected as the Magistrate of Pingtung County after winning the 2014 Pingtung County magistrate election held on 29 November 2014

Microgomphus souteri

Microgomphus souteri is a species of small dragonfly in the family Gomphidae. It is endemic to the forest streams of Western Ghats of India, it is a small dragonfly with bottle-green eyes. Its thorax is black with interrupted mesothoracic collar and narrow ante-humeral stripes. There is a broad black stripe on postero-lateral suture. Abdomen is black, marked with greenish yellow. Segment 1 has a narrow apical border. Segment 2 has a broad basal ring. Segments 3 to 6 have narrow basal rings. Segment 7 is broader. Segments 8 to 10 are unmarked. Female is similar to the male, it looks similar to Microgomphus torquatus. Superior appendages have the inner branches much longer, springing from the appendages much nearer the base, extending beyond their apices; the small outer spine near the apex is much more noticeable. Inferior appendage is more robust and longer, it is distinguished from other similar Gomphidae by the shape of the anal appendages. It is seen resting on stones or rocks in the stream bed. List of odonates of India List of odonata of Kerala

Royce O'Neale

Royce Khalil O'Neale is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Baylor Bears. O'Neale, a small forward from Killeen, was recruited to the University of Denver out of Harker Heights High School, he played two seasons for the University of Denver Pioneers, including an all-WAC season in 2012-13, before transferring to Baylor in 2013. Because he transferred to be closer to his family and ailing grandfather, the National Collegiate Athletic Association granted him a waiver to transfer rules, making him eligible to play for the Bears instead of sitting out the customary year. Following the close of his college career, O'Neale was not selected in the 2015 NBA draft, he played his first professional season in Germany for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, where he averaged 8.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. After playing for the Golden State Warriors' Summer League team in 2016, he signed with Spanish club Herbalife Gran Canaria for the 2016–17 season.

On June 25, 2017, O'Neale signed with Lithuanian club Žalgiris Kaunas. After playing for the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA Summer League, he was signed to the team for the 2017–18 season due to the exception left in the contract with Žalgiris Kaunas. O'Neale made his NBA debut on October 21, 2017, playing a single minute in their 96–87 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. On February 14, 2018, he scored a career-high 19 points in a home game against the Phoenix Suns. After the game on November 12th, 2019 against the Brooklyn Nets, O’Neale traded jerseys with former Baylor Bears teammate Taurean Prince. On January 19, 2020, the Utah Jazz announced. Baylor Bears bio College stats

Catholic Mariavite Church

The Catholic Mariavite Church is an autonomous church in Poland resulting from a schism in 1935 within the Old Catholic Mariavite Church. The Mariavite movement emerged as a call for renewal within the Polish catholic church in the Russian Partition of the one time Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania, forcibly broken up by foreign powers a century earlier. After the failed Polish insurrections of 1830-31 and 1863-64, Poles' continuing political dissent and desire for independence found partial expression in the second half of the 19th-century in an assertion of their traditional religious and spiritual values which ran counter to the Russian Empire's established Orthodox church. Despite curtailment and bans of Polish religious organisations, they proliferated both on the former Polish territory and abroad, chiefly in France and the United States, where Polish emigrants had settled and lent support. See role of Resurrectionist Congregation. "Mariavitism", from the Latin, quae Mariae vitam imitantur, signified imitating the life of Mary, mother of Jesus in its simplicity.

It was nurtured by the Capucin friar, blessed Honorat Koźmiński in a young Polish nun, Feliksa Kozłowska, who in 1893 began having a series of religious visions. These were said to have "instructed" her to take steps in particular to rescue Catholic clergy from the error of their ways, which members of the Polish élite tended to view as corrupt and estranged from the Gospel message; the movement gained influence among priests from educated or noble backgrounds. The new "tenets" emanating from the visions soon came into conflict with the church hierarchy who were hostile to their alleged provenance. After the movement had found itself rebuffed first by the Polish church hierarchy, subsequently, twice by the Holy See which saw no justification for the movement's cause, Kozłowska obeyed the instructions from Rome not to contact any of the Mariavite priests and remain in her convent. However, in 1906 the newly elected Pope Pius X emphasised the church's condemnation of the movement and its ideology by excommunicating Sister Feliksa Kozłowska and her priest lieutenant, Father Jan Maria Michał Kowalski.

He had led the failed 1903–1906 attempt to incorporate the Mariavite movement in the Roman Catholic Church and to have Kozłowska's revelations judged as worthy of belief by the church. This rendered them heretics in the eyes of the church and placed their adherents under an immediate obligation to resume their traditional Roman Catholic practice on pain of excommunication. Kowalski set about codifying the movement's beliefs with Kozłowska. Along with the priests who resisted the orders from the Vatican, he turned instead to the schismatic Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands and found a welcome among the clergy, he was invited to attend their 1909 congress in Utrecht. The apostolic succession of that church validated his elevation and thereby turned the movement into a new church, which the Russian authorities consented to recognise as an "independent denomination." As the ailing Kozłowska's influence waned, so the forceful Kowalski had free rein to mould the new church to his liking. However, under his leadership Mariavite adherents declined.

This was due in part to the rise of Polish nationalism, in which Roman Catholicism was an intrinsic part of the Polish national identity, the creation of a sovereign Second Polish Republic in 1918. Another factor in the decline of the group was active persecution of the Mariavites by Roman Catholics with the scarcely veiled support of the Polish government and a hostile press eager for scandals, but much of the decline could be traced to factors involving Kowalski himself – his autocratic style in governing the church, as Kozłowska's successor and, innovations that he had introduced which drove him further away from the Catholic Church. These included the endorsement of consummated clerical marriages between priests and nuns, the ordination of women as priests and bishops, it in 1924, alienated him from the Old Catholic church as well and took the Mariavite church out of fellowship with it. In 1935, a majority of the Old Catholic Mariavite Church clergy, many of whom had participated in his "innovations", deemed him to have become a "dictator" and deposed Kowalski.

He rejected the "coup" and moved out of the Płock sanctuary and installed his headquarters in the village of Felicjanów, named for the foundress. He declared his loyal following to be the Catholic Mariavite Church, despite its considerable departure from traditional doctrinal Catholic teaching. Kowalski, by promoted to archbishop, continued to consider himself the valid leader of all genuine Mariavites. Freed from the restraining influences of much of the clergy subordinate to him, he made more radical pronouncements, including the view that Kozłowska had in fact been the "incarnation of the Holy Spirit on earth". In 1940 Kowalski was taken to Dachau concentration camp, he died in a Nazi extermination facility in 1942. His leadership in the church passed to his widow, Maria Izabela Wiłucka-Kowalska, a consecrated bishop, she held the position until her own death in 1946. The Catholic Mariavite Church continues to this day at its base in Felicjanów, it appears not to have adherents outside Poland, unlike the larger Old Catholic Mariavite Church.

Never large to begin with. It considers itself now a true church movement, regards ecumenism to be unnecessary, since true believers are to be found within its ranks; this insularity contributes to a general inability for the group to be penetrated by outsiders or to learn details such as its actual current size. The church is curren