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Old 10-02-2015, 11:55 PM   #68
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Lightbulb Nish Bruce

Lucca Coat of arms..

Parachute Regiment's display team at an American airshow..

Sergeant Charles "Nish" Bruce QGM (8 August 1956 – 8 January 2002) was a former British Army soldier and freefall expert of high altitude military parachuting who served in 22 (SAS) Special Air Service (1982–88).. He served with the 22 SAS in the Falklands War, on anti-drug operations in South and Central America and in Northern Ireland during Operation Banner for which he was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in 86..He received the South Atlantic Medal in 1982 with B Squadron of the 22 Special Air Service and the General Service Medal with the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment for services in Northern Ireland during The Troubles..In 82, Bruce was the first special forces soldier to parachute into the South Atlantic during the Falklands War a couple of weeks ahead of the fleet carrying the main task force to recapture the islands and was a member of Operation Mikado..

In November and December 1984 Bruce was involved in two SAS covert counter terrorist operations against the Provisional Irish Republican Army in Kesh, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.. These operations led to him being awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for exemplary acts of bravery, the subsequent death of his colleague Al Slater and the high profile deaths of IRA Members Antoine Mac Giolla Bhrighde and Kieran Fleming.. Slater was posthumously awarded the Military Medal for his role and bravery in the action..At the time of his death, with nearly 30 years in military and civilian parachuting, Bruce had logged over 8,500 parachute jumps.. His first parachute jump was a static line jump on 12 October 74 from Thruxton Airfield, and his parachute log books show that he learnt his basic parachuting skills at Sibson Airfield, Peterborough from 74 to 78 prior to joining The Red Devils (Parachute Regiment) Display Team and achieving his D Rating in April 79.. Bruce obtained his BPA Approved Instructor rating in March 1983 and became a Tandem skydiving Pilot/Master in 87..After leaving the SAS, as a result of a clash with his superiors, Bruce worked with comedian Jim Davidson before taking the role of second in command in an undercover operation codenamed Operation Lock, a WWF sponsored Anti-Poaching operation in Southern Africa (1988–1989) led by former SAS Founder David Sterling and former SAS Colonel Ian Crooke.. Following Operation Lock, Bruce worked for Lebanese billionaire and former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri in Washington DC as his professional bodyguard (1990–92)..In the early 1990s Bruce trained with Loel Guinness' High Adventure Company and Joe Kittinger to skydive from the edge of space from 130,000 feet and break the highest altitude freefall record previously set by Joe Kittinger himself in the 60s...

Argentan Coat of arms..

It was not the aim of the expedition to go to the summit.. Having reached the Advanced Base Camp at 21,300 feet, the expedition was cut short following the death of Karl Henize, who died of high altitude pulmonary edema on 5 October 1993.. Although the expedition was marred by the death of Henize, the TEPC meter had done its job, and when it was later analysed at NASA Headquarters, an increment was added to the human physiology database.. Freefall is described by Andy McNab as "This is Bravo Two Zero meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest..Despite bouts of recovery, after 8 years of consistent reoccurring mental illness and periods sectioned in hospital, Bruce apparently killed himself on 8 January 2002 at the age of 45 years.. He jumped from a Cessna 172 at 5000 feet over Fyfield, Oxfordshire, without a parachute while on a private flight home from Spain to Hinton Skydiving Centre..Bruce was survived by his son, Jason, his only child.. On 16 January 2002, Bruce was cremated at Banbury Crematorium in Oxfordshire and his ashes were subsequently scattered by his son and former colleagues during a memorial skydive in April 2002 at Hinton Skydiving Centre..Some have looked to attribute his breakdown and suicide to posttraumatic stress disorder..Under the Geneva Convention, I'm afraid I cannot answer that question..Turned out they were more strung-out than we were..THE mother of a former SAS man who plunged to his death from a light aircraft does not believe he committed suicide..She added: "He was not depressed as far as I know.. It is all a complete mystery.. Charles was a great fellow.. We are so proud of our son."..He and his girlfriend had been in Spain taking part in a skydiving display, and were making their way back to Northamptonshire after a brief refuelling stop in France.. Judith Haig, Nish's partner and an experienced skydiver in her own right, was flying their jointly owned plane.. Nish was in the passenger seat...

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a 4 seat, single engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company.. First flown in 1955, more Cessna 172s have been built than any other aircraft..The Skyhawk's main competitors have been the Beechcraft Musketeer and Grumman AA-5 series (neither currently in production), the Piper Cherokee, and, more recently, the Diamond DA40..A Cessna 172 was used in 58 to set the world record for flight endurance; the record still stands..After the flight, Cook said: “Next time I feel in the mood to fly endurance, I'm going to lock myself in our garbage can with the vacuum cleaner running.. That is, until my psychiatrist opens up for business in the morning”...The 172P, or Skyhawk P, was introduced in 1981 to solve the reliability problems of the "N" engine..A variant of the 172, the T-41 Mescalero was used as a trainer with the United States Air Force and Army.. In addition, the United States Border Patrol uses a fleet of 172s for aerial surveillance along the Mexico-US border..The Irish Air Corps uses the Reims version for aerial surveillance and monitoring of cash, prisoner and explosive escorts, in addition to army cooperation and pilot training roles..On January 5, 2002, high school student Charles J. Bishop stole a Cessna 172, N2371N, and intentionally crashed it into the side of the Bank of America Tower in downtown Tampa, Florida, killing only himself and otherwise causing very little damage..Mescaline or 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine is a naturally occurring psychedelic alkaloid of the phenethylamine class, known for its hallucinogenic effects similar to those of LSD and psilocybin..It occurs naturally in the peyote cactus..It is also found in small amounts in certain members of the Fabaceae (bean) family, including Acacia berlandieri epithet comes from the name of Jean-Louis Berlandier, a French naturalist who studied wildlife native to Texas and Mexico..Mescaline elicits a pattern of sympathetic arousal, with the peripheral nervous system being a major target for this substance...

Fyfield's toponym is derived from the Old English Fif Hide (10th century).. It was spelt Fifhide from the 10th to the 16th century, but also Fivehide in the 11th century, Fifide from the 13th to the 15th century, Fifhede in the 15th century and Fighfield or Fyfylde in the 16th century..Abingdon is 5.5 miles (8.9 km) south of Oxford and 5 miles (8 km) north of Didcot in the flat valley of the Thames on its west (right) bank, where the small river Ock flows in from the Vale of White Horse..In 1790, Abingdon Lock was built, replacing navigation to the town via the Swift Ditch.. In 1810, the Wilts and Berks Canal opened, linking Abingdon with Semington on the Kennet and Avon Canal..The nearest railway station is Radley, two miles (3 km) away..Abingdon is twinned with Lucca, Italy -Argentan, France etc ..Abingdon is one of the few towns in the UK to have its own annual air display — the Abingdon Air & Country Show, which takes place every May at Dalton Barracks..The barracks were established, on the site of the former RAF Abingdon airbase, in 1992: they were named after James Dalton VC, a former member of the Army Commissary Corps, a predecessor of the Royal Logistic Corps..Dalton died in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.. He is buried in the Russell Road Roman Catholic Cemetery with a memorial, Plot E... a properly organized society like ours, nobody has any opportunities for being noble or heroic.. Conditions have got to be thoroughly unstable before the occasion can arise...
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