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Greetings from 'flu centr

Greetings from 'flu central! This afternoon the final week of course notes for my "Your Beautiful Letter" e-course was unlocked. We have covered writing letters, making mail-art, time-management and slow-living, and this week is all about pen pals and community. For me, the best part of this course has definitely been the emails from my students, telling me how writing letters has enriched their lives. All the happy goose-bumps! If you want to be on the wait-list for the next intake of this course, there's a link in my bio that will take you there. #envelopeart #carepackage #deliveredbypost #happymail #writeyouonmyheart #writtenbyhand #makenotes #prettycreativestyle #themakersyear #littlestoriesofmylife #thatsdarling #byarrangement #theinstaretreaters #sharedjoy #handmade #thesincerestoryteller #thisismycommunity #postcardlove #postcardswap #postcrossing #yourbeautifulletter #paperephemera #asecondofwhimsy #theartofslowliving #howihygge #kinfolklife #communityovercompetition #the_gentle_manifesto #itsstill_life #ofquietmoments

When I was a youngster, I

When I was a youngster, I used to do a lot of embroidery and even as a young adult I did a lot but then things have gotten in the way that I could do nothing about. To remedy this now, I joined the Embroiderers' Guild earlier this year. When I saw these embroidery kits a few days ago, I had to have them #happymail #janetclare #embroiderykit

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The following is a list of AIM-54 Phoenix specifications: Primary function: long-range, air-launched, air-intercept missile Contractor: Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon Corporation Unit cost: about $477,000, but this varied greatly Power plant: solid propellant rocket motor built by Hercules Incorporated Length: 13 ft (4.0 m) Weight: 1,0001,040 pounds (450470 kg) Diameter: 15 in (380 mm) Wing span: 3 ft (910 mm) Range: over 100 nautical miles (120 mi; 190 km) (actual range is classified) Speed: 3,000+ mph (4,680+ km/h) Guidance system: semi-active and active radar homing Warheads: proximity fuze, high explosive Warhead weight: 135 pounds (61 kg) Users: US (U.S. Navy), Iran (IRIAF) Date deployed: 1974 Date retired (U.S.): September 30, 2004

The U.S. has used gunships with deployments to the War in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan) (20012014), and Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) (200311). AC-130 strikes were directed by special forces on known Taliban locations during the early days of the war in Afghanistan. U.S. Special Operations Forces are using the AC-130 to support its operations. The day after arriving in Afghanistan, the AC-130s attacked Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces near the city of Konduz and were directly responsible for the city's surrender the next day. On 26 November 2001, Spectres were called in to put down a rebellion at the prison fort of Qala-I-Janghi. The 16 SOS flew missions over Mazar-i-Sharif, Kunduz, Kandahar, Shkin, Asadabad, Bagram, Baghran, Tora Bora, and virtually every other part of Afghanistan. The Spectre participated in countless operations within Afghanistan, performing on-call close air support and armed reconnaissance. In March 2002, three AC-130 Spectres provided 39 crucial combat missions in support of Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. During the intense fighting, the planes fired more than 1,300 40 mm and 1,200 105 mm rounds. Close air support was the main mission of the AC-130 in Iraq. Night after night, at least one AC-130 was in the air to fulfill one or more air support requests (ASRs). A typical mission had the AC130 supporting a single brigades ASRs followed by aerial refueling and another two hours with another brigade or SOF team. The use of AC-130s in places like Fallujah, urban settings where insurgents were among crowded populations of non-combatants, was criticized by human rights groups. AC-130s were also used for intelligence gathering with their sophisticated long-range video, infrared and radar sensors. In 2007, US Special Operations forces also used the AC-130 in attacks on suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Somalia. There were eight AC-130H and seventeen AC-130U aircraft in active-duty service as of July 2010. In March 2011, the U.S. Air Force deployed two AC-130U gunships to take part in Operation Odyssey Dawn, the U.S. military intervention in Libya, which eventually came under NATO as Operation Unified Protector. By September 2013, 14 MC-130W Dragon Spear aircraft have been converted to AC-130W Stinger II gunships. The Stinger gunships have been deployed to Afghanistan to replace the aging AC-130H aircraft and provide an example for the new AC-130J Ghostrider. Modifications began with crews cutting holes in the plane to make room for weapons, and adding kits and bomb bases for laser-guided munitions. Crews added a 105 mm cannon, 20-inch infrared and electro-optical sensors, and the ability to carry 250-pound bombs on the wings. On 15 November 2015, two days after the attacks in Paris by ISIL, AC-130s and A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft destroyed a convoy of over 100 ISIL-operated oil tanker trucks in Syria. The attacks were part of an intensification of the U.S.-led Military intervention against ISIL called Operation Tidal Wave II (named after the original Operation Tidal Wave during World War II, a failed attempt to raid German oil fields that resulted in heavy aircraft and aircrew loss) in an attempt to cut off oil smuggling as a source of funding for the group. The U.S. has continued to use the aircraft in the War in Afghanistan (2015present). On 3 October 2015, five attacks on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan were carried out by an AC-130.

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