US Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter
Pictured are two US Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Multi-Mission Helicopters at Kandahar Airfield in 2010.
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft.
The primary mission of the Blackhawk helicopter is as a troop carrier and logistical support aircraft, but in addition the helicopter can be configured to carry out medical evacuation, command-and-control, search-and-rescue, armed escort, electronic warfare and executive transport missions.
Kandahar Airfield, Kandahar Provence in Afghanistan was used by the RAF for combat operations from 2001 to 2014.
Part of Kandahar Airfield was known as RAF Kandahar, It operated RAF, Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps aircraft and was one end of the "Air Bridge" that started inRAF Brize Norton in the UK.
All otherISAFairborne forces were also based there.
Kandahar International Airport as it was called originally is located some 10 miles South-East of the city of Kandahar in Afghanistan.
It is the country's second international airport and one of its biggest military bases, it has the space for over two hundred military aircraft.
Channel tunnel. Historical artwork of a tunnel beneath the English Channel through which Napoleon's troops are moving to invade England. The possibility of a tunnel under the Channel was first put to Napoleon in 1802. This cartoon was drawn in 1804, after the resumption of war between England and France in 1803. The French are also attacking by sea and by hot air balloon (the Channel was first crossed by hot air balloon in 1785). The English defence includes ships and men flying from kites with rifles. A semaphore system is operating from telegraph towers on the French side. From La Telegraphie Historique by Alexis Belloc (1888).
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Hurricane Ophelia. Aqua satellite image of hurricane Ophelia over the coast of North and South Carolina. At this stage Ophelia was a very slow-moving storm, fluctuating between strong tropical storm intensity and category one hurricane intensity. At its peak it had sustained winds of 135 kilometres per hour. Although the eye of the hurricane never made landfall Ophelia still caused considerable damage to North Carolina, especially its barrier islands. It bought down power lines, damaged buildings and stirred up huge waves that caused coastal flooding and beach erosion. Image taken on 13 September 2005.
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