Epoxy is a common name for a strong type of adhesive used for sticking things together and covering surfaces, usually two resins that need to be mixed together before use. Epoxy adhesives are the better choice when performing in heat and chemical resistance than other common adhesives. Epoxies have high melting and boiling points, which makes it useful as a solver as well. One may find popular two-part epoxy adhesives for the home, workplace or hobby activities in various stores ranging in a wide selection of properties. There are several properties to these epoxies including slow or fast curing time, waterproof or water-resistant, opaque or clear and flexible or rigid. Although many people believe that all epoxies are waterproof, many of them are not recommended to be underwater for the long-term. The shelf life for unmixed two-part epoxies is long and there are many reports of epoxies sitting idly for decades and still being used successfully. However, the ones more commonly seen in stores have a one to two year shelf life as published by the product specifications. Epoxy adhesives are an important part of the “structural adhesives” or “engineering adhesives” class. These are high performing adhesives that can be seen in the construction of aircrafts, cars, boats, skis and other applications that require high strength bonds. The adhesives can be developed to fit almost any application and can be used on wood, metal, glass and even some plastics. It is better for these types of epoxies to be cured with heat, as they will be more heat and chemical resistant than ones that are cured at room temperature. Two part epoxy coatings were made specifically for heavy duty service and dry quickly to provide a tough, protective coating with great hardness. The two part epoxies are usually used industrial and automotive applications because they are more heat resistant than other paints. One of the cons to the epoxy paints would be their deterioration due to UV exposure.
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Helicopters (because of their ability to take off and land vertically, hover and fly forward and backward) are often used in congested or isolated areas where fixed-wing aircrafts and many other types of vertical takeoff and landing aircrafts cannot perform. Three very popular helicopters are the Boeing Ch-47 Chinook, Boeing AH-64 Apache, and the UH-60 Black Hawk. These copters are used mainly by the United States military but have been used in other countries.
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin engine, tandem rotor heavy lift helicopter. Its primary roles include troop movement, artillery placements and battlefield resupply. It has also been used for medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and rescue, aircraft recovery, fire fighting and even heavy construction assistance. A lot of details go into the Chinook including the wide loading ramp at the rear. It also contains three external cargo hooks and can top its speed at 170 knots. The Chinook is the heaviest lifting western helicopter and it got its name from the Native American people. The helicopter was developed in the early 1960s. Although its first flight was on September 21, 1961, the Chinook’s formal introduction was in 1962.
The Chinook has been sold to sixteen different nations, the U.S. Army and the Royal Air Force being the two biggest users. The CH-47 was seen in the Vietnam War where the crewmembers found it hard to learn at first. Later on changes were made and the CH-47 was seen again in Iran in the 1970s when the Iranian armed forces began using American military aircraft. In the years to follow the Chinook also played a part in the Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four blade, twin turbo shaft attack helicopter with a tail wheel-type landing gear arrangement. The helicopter started production in April 1986. It has a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew and a nose mounted sensor suite used for target acquisition and night vision systems. Underneath the aircraft’s forward fuselage, one could find a 30 mm M230 chain gear. The United States Army, the primary operator of the Apache, designed the AH-64 to replace the AH-1 Cobra. The Apache became the primary attack helicopter of multiple nations including Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands and Singapore. Other than the U.S. Army, other primary users are the Israel Air Force, Egyptian Air Force and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
Lastly, the UH-60 Black Hawk is also a four bladed, twin engine, and medium lift helicopter. Originally it was submitted as a design for the United States Army’s Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Black Hawk was selected as the winner of the program in 1976 after a fly off competition with the Boeing Vertol YUH-61. The UH-60 was first used as the army’s tactical transport helicopter. Later on it was added to the field of electronic warfare and special operations. The Black Hawk served in combat in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, the Balkans and several other locations.
Soldiers of the Sea, known better as the Marines, require a lot of equipment and skill to exceed expectations set by their country. Along with the nickname Soldiers of the Sea, you may also hear Marines referred to as Jarheads and Leathernecks because of their high-and-tight haircuts and uniforms they wore in the Revolutionary War.
Since their start in 1775, the Marines have been trained to respond quickly and forcefully in a time of crisis. Each Marine is first and foremost a rifleman, no matter their military occupational specialty. The United States Marine Corps, or USMC, share a bond of being bold, creative, intelligent and true to their warrior spirit. These exceptional characteristics give the Marines the opportunity to be America’s first line of defense.
Although the USMC are not defined by their weapons, to continue to be number one in combat readiness they must ensure their equipment has been maintained properly and is ready to be used at a moment’s notice. Mobility is one of the most important qualities when it comes to a Marine’s equipment. Because of their role as the first to fight, the USMC must ensure that almost all of its equipment can be loaded and transported on the ships of a Marine Expeditionary Unit. This includes everything from tanks, trucks and aircrafts to swaging tools.
Everything from their warrior spirit to responding swiftly to a crisis and having equipment mobile ready is what leads to the Marines’ incomparable war fighting capabilities, the very key to winning.
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First Aid Kits
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|National Stock Number||First Aid Kits|
|6545-00-919-6650||General Purpose Airplane First Aid Kit|
|6545-01-094-8412||Individual Troop First Aid Kit|
|6545-00-922-1200||General Purpose Life Raft and Vehicle First Aid Kit|
|6545-00-927-4960||Medical Instrument & Supply Set Squad/Unit First Aid Kit|
|6545-01-521-8522||Tropical, First Aid Kit|
|6545-01-120-2632||Tropical, First Aid Kit|
|6545-00-782-6412||Tropical, First Aid Kit|
|6545-00-478-6504||Individual Survival Kit|
|6545-00-231-9421||Individual Survival Kit|
|6545-01-444-8218||Special Forces Individual Survival Kit|
|6545-01-120-2632||Tactical Air Individual Survival Kit|
|6545-00-782-6412||Tactical Air Individual Survival Kit|
|6545-00-957-7650||Surgical Instrument Set|