Spectres Support UK Forces in Iraq

BRITISH TROOPS in Iraq have received close air support from US Air Force AC-1 ЗОН Spectre gunships, according to RAF sources. Shia militiamen of Moqtada al-Sadr’s ‘Mehdi Army’ were targeted by gunships in the air strikes on A1 Amara on May 8 in the largest air support operation for British troops since the occupation of Basra last April during the US-led invasion of Iraq.

AC-130s were used to support the initial amphibious assault on the A1 Faw Peninsular by 3 Commando Brigade last March but this year’s operation is the first time British forces have made such extensive use of

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Spectra Precision LT20




ГАБАРИТЫ: 110x58x104 мм ВЕС: 0,35 кг

ЦЕНА: 6485 руб.

Самовыравнивающийся нивелир с очень яркими линиями, видимыми на расстоянии до 30 метров. Прибор предназначен для интерьерных работ, где требуется нивелировка или проведение длинной ровной линии. Угол развёртки луча сделан максимальным — для горизонтальной плоскости он равен 130°, для вертикальной — 150°.

По прочности и надёжности новинка удовлетворяет самым жёстким требованиям строителей. Даже если уронить его на бетон с высоты 1 м, он не разобьётся, сохранив работоспособность и точность. Работать с ним можно при колебаниях температур от —10 до +45 °С,

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Spectacular Spectra

Every electronics enthusiast dreams of making a hi-fi deck at least once in his life time. While he dreams, he plans, “the deck set will have excellent sound quality and wattage. It will be equipped with a 10-band graphic equaliser. Each band of the graphic equaliser will be accompanied by a IQ-level spectrum analyser. And when lights in the ten bands of the spectrum analyser will dance with the beats of drum and throbs of cymbals, what a great display will it be! «But when becomes back to reality and faces the great expenses involved, he has to omit a

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Specialising in the exceptional

5cm f /1.1 Nikkor-N Lens

The very impressive 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor-N lens was announced in February 1956 and was exhibited in Tokyo. The 5cm f/1.1 was a very radical lens for its time, consisting of nine pieces of glass, some of which were very thin split elements and others containing rare earth components. This stunning f/1.1 lens would reign supreme as the fastest lens made by the big four 35mm rangefinder camera makers, until the Canon 50mm f/0.95 lens was introduced in the early 1960s. The 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor-N weighed 12.25 ounces (355gm) and it could be stopped down to

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Special issue: weathering the storm.

The business impact big storms have on remodelers and home-improvement companies.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the focus was on the human and property toll. News images told the story: a boardwalk roller coaster mangled and surrounded by the sea; a flooded, night-time conflagration that was once a neighborhood of more than 100 homes; and many others.

Here at Professional Remodeler, soon after the storm, we began seeing images from camera phones and hearing first-person stories from you, our readers. Long Island remodeler Laurence Carolan told the story of a couple in their 60s who had been watching TV

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Spanish progress.

SPAIN HAS shown an interest in the new CASA C-295 (CASA C-295 makes first flight, March 99, p10) and has apparently ordered an initial batch of nine aircraft. The first of these has been funded and is expected to be delivered to the Ejercito del Aire (EdA, Spanish Air Force) next year with the remaining eight supplied by the end of 2002. On February 15 CASA signed a deal with Sextant Avionique for its Topdeck avionics suite for the C-295 and the CN-235-300.

A number of other developments in the EdA have been revealed recently. The prototype upgrade for the

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Spanish Practices

New Gibson Memphis Studio models include items for rockers and rock’n’rollers, while the latest 1959 335 tribute looks hard to resist.

After last month’s cover feature exploring the impact of Gibson’s flagship Electric Spanish range, we thought it timely to take a look at some of the newer ES options on offer from Gibson Memphis.

Above left is the ES-195, styled closely after the ES-175 – a stylish rock’n’roll archtop with humbucker sized P94 single-coils, a Trini Lopez neck with Firebird-esque headstock and double triangle inlays, a Bigsby tailpiece, tophat knobs and a choice of transparent amber or ebony finishes.

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How this company conquered the private space industry in just a decade, what it’ll do next, and why you should care.

SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies, is currently the most exciting private space company in existence. Through its revolutionary Falcon family of rockets and the amazing Dragon spacecraft, it is doing things that no other private company has been able to match. And it is planning to do even more in the coming years that will cement its place as one of the world’s most innovative companies, space-related or otherwise, that will change the way we access space


Spanish Air Force Receives First SAR CN-235

THE FIRST CN-235 VIGMA (Vigilancia Maritima — Maritime Surveillance) for the Spanish Air Force, D.4-01/T.19B-12, to be operated by Ala 48’s Escuadron 803 at Cuatro Vientos, was handed over on February 11. Six are on order, with options on a further two. The firm order aircraft will be split equally between Escuadron 801 (Ala 15) at Son San Juan, Escuadron 802 (Ala 46) at Gando, Grand Canaria, and Escuadron 803, each unit having two aircraft each.

EADS CASA’s Military Transport Aircraft Division will deliver four aircraft this year, with the final two due to enter service in 2009.

Spain acquired

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Space smog

Welcome to the mostpolluted place in the galaxy

If you thought that choking carbon emissions were a problem specific to the more industrial areas of modern-day Earth, you’d be wrong. The eerie glow you see in this image, taken from NASA’s GLIMPSE360 (Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire) survey, is caused by a giant cloud of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These hydrogen and carbon compounds are more commonly found on Earth in the soot caused by dirty vehicle exhausts and open fireplaces.

Here, they’ve been coloured green so that their glow can be more easily observed by scientists in infrared

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