The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is a military badge of the United States armed forces which recognizes those service members, qualified as explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians, who are specially trained to deal with the construction, deployment, disarmament, and disposal of high explosive munitions and may include other types of ordnance such as nuclear, biological and chemical weapons along with improvised explosive devices (IED) and improvised nuclear devices (IND). Also known as the “EOD Badge” or "Crab", the decoration is issued by the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The EOD Badge is the only occupational badge awarded to all four services under the United States Department of Defense.
The "crab", as it is commonly known, is the only joint service badge and can only be earned upon successful completion of the 38 week course at the Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Prior to attending NAVSCOLEOD, service members attend Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) in Panama City, FL for a 9 week EOD Diver Course. After NAVSCOLEOD, service members attend a 3-4 week course to earn "jump wings" at the Army's Ft. Benning, GA. Army service members will attend a course at Fort Lee, VA for 9-11 weeks before attending NAVSCOLEOD.
The Wreath Symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained minimizing accident potentials through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of those EOD personnel who gave their lives while performing EOD duties.
The Bomb Copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge, the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional and chemical/biological interest.
Lightning Bolts Symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD personnel in their endeavors to reduce hazards as well as to render explosive ordnance harmless.
The Shield Represents the EOD mission - to protect personnel and property.
The Space Shuttle Enterprise (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-101) was the first Space Shuttle orbiter. It was built for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to perform test flights in the atmosphere. It was constructed without engines or a functional heat shield, and was therefore not capable of spaceflight. On September 17, 1976, the first full scale prototype was completed.
Originally, Enterprise had been intended to be refitted for orbital flight, which would have made it the second space shuttle to fly after Columbia.However, during the construction of Columbia, details of the final design changed, particularly with regard to the weight of the fuselage and wings.Refitting Enterprise for spaceflight would have involved dismantling the orbiter and returning the sections to subcontractors across the country. As this was an expensive proposition, it was determined to be less costly to build Challenger around a body frame (STA-099) that had been created as a test article.Similarly, Enterprise was considered for refit to replace Challenger after the latter was destroyed, but Endeavour was built from structural spares instead.
On January 31, 1977, it was taken by road to Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, to begin operational testing. While at NASA Dryden Enterprise was used by NASA for a variety of ground and flight tests intended to validate aspects of the shuttle program. The initial nine-month testing period was referred to by the acronym ALT, for "Approach and Landing Test". These tests included a maiden "flight" on February 18, 1977, atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) to measure structural loads and ground handling and braking characteristics of the mated system. Ground tests of all orbiter subsystems were carried out to verify functionality prior to atmospheric flight. The mated Enterprise/SCA combination was then subjected to five test flights with Enterprise unmanned and unactivated. The purpose of these test flights was to measure the flight characteristics of the mated combination. These tests were followed with three test flights with Enterprise manned to test the shuttle flight control systems.
On August 12, 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise flew on its own for the first time. Enterprise underwent four more free flights where the craft separated from the SCA and was landed under astronaut control. These tests verified the flight characteristics of the orbiter design and were carried out under several aerodynamic and weight configurations. The first three flights were flown with a tailcone placed at the end of Enterprise's aft fuselage, which reduced drag and turbulence when mated to the SCA. The final two flights saw the tailcone removed and mockup main engines installed. On the fifth and final glider flight, pilot-induced oscillation problems were revealed, which had to be addressed before the first orbital launch occurred.
Upon completion of the Atlantis STS-135 mission, She will return back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be permenently displayed in a future facility built to showcase the history of the Space Shuttle program and the Shuttle program at KSC.
Previous image: [link] Removal of Thermal effect on side of Orbiter.
KSC celebrating Atlantis's final flight and final flight of the Space Shuttle program. Atlantis was rolled back to the Orbiter Processing Facility after landing this morning to a half-day event which brought out approx. 4,000 plus employees to celebrate her final flight and the final flight of the Shuttle program.
This is my 25th Anniversary Tribute to the Challenger. It is radio controlled and has not flown yet (fingers crossed). It is what we call a 'pusher jet', meaning it is powered by a propeller in the back. Not the 'cheat flaps' in the back, common in R/C aircraft of this type to allow more air to the prop.
Its a NOVA Springfield operator (LDC). Originally a kit fitted to a tm MEU with a Nova Springfield Operator kit, Nova mag-well, Springfield Armoury Crossed Canon Rosewood Grips, VZ DPL Blackwash screws x 4, VZ universal busings x 4, NOVA Silver Recoil Spring Guide, NOVA Type 1 Trigger in Silver, NOVA Wilson Hammer (stainless silver) and Guarder Barrel bushing (silver).
Internally mostly stock TM with PDI 6.01 Tightbore barrel and PDI hop rubber.