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Curtiss-Wright
US$ 2.11 billion (FY 2016) OPERATING INCOME US$ 308 million NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES 8,000 (2017) WEBSITE www.curtisswright.comThe CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION is an American-based, global diversified product manufacturer and service provider for the commercial , industrial , defense and energy markets. Created in 1929 from the consolidation of Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company , Wright Aeronautical (founded by Glenn L. Martin and the Wright Brothers
Wright Brothers
as Wright-Martin ), and various supplier companies, by the end of World War II it was the largest aircraft manufacturer in the United States
United States
, supplying whole aircraft in large numbers to the U.S. Armed Forces . It has since evolved away from final assembly of finished aircraft, becoming a component manufacturer specializing in actuators , aircraft controls , valves , and surface treatment services
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Aircraft Flight Control System
A conventional fixed-wing AIRCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM consists of flight control surfaces , the respective cockpit controls, connecting linkages, and the necessary operating mechanisms to control an aircraft's direction in flight. Aircraft engine controls are also considered as flight controls as they change speed. The fundamentals of aircraft controls are explained in flight dynamics . This article centers on the operating mechanisms of the flight controls. The basic system in use on aircraft first appeared in a readily recognizable form as early as April 1908, on Louis Blériot 's Blériot VIII pioneer-era monoplane design
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Valve
A VALVE is a device that regulates, directs or controls the flow of a fluid (gases, liquids, fluidized solids, or slurries ) by opening, closing, or partially obstructing various passageways. Valves are technically fittings , but are usually discussed as a separate category. In an open valve, fluid flows in a direction from higher pressure to lower pressure. The word is derived from the Latin valva, the moving part of a door, in turn from volvere, to turn, roll. The simplest, and very ancient, valve is simply a freely hinged flap which drops to obstruct fluid (gas or liquid) flow in one direction, but is pushed open by flow in the opposite direction. This is called a check valve , as it prevents or "checks" the flow in one direction. Modern control valves may regulate pressure or flow downstream and operate on sophisticated automation systems
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Nuclear Power
2012 World electricity generation by fuels (IEA, 2014) Coal/Peat (40.4%) Natural Gas (22.5%) Hydro (16.2%) Nuclear fission (10.9%) Oil (5.0%) Others (Renew. ) (5.0%) NUCLEAR POWER is the use of nuclear reactions that release nuclear energy to generate heat, which most frequently is then used in steam turbines to produce electricity in a nuclear power plant . The term includes nuclear fission , nuclear decay and nuclear fusion . Presently, the nuclear fission of elements in the actinide series of the periodic table produce the vast majority of nuclear energy in the direct service of humankind, with nuclear decay processes, primarily in the form of geothermal energy , and radioisotope thermoelectric generators , in niche uses making up the rest
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Nuclear Navy
NUCLEAR NAVY, or NUCLEAR-POWERED NAVY consists of naval ships powered by relatively small onboard nuclear reactors known as naval reactors . The concept was revolutionary for naval warfare when first proposed. Prior to nuclear power, submarines were powered by diesel engines and could only submerge through the use of batteries. In order for these submarines to run their diesel engines and charge their batteries they would have to surface or snorkel. The use of nuclear power allowed these submarines to become true submersibles and unlike their conventional counterparts, they became limited only by crew endurance and supplies. CONTENTS * 1 Nuclear-powered aircraft
Nuclear-powered aircraft
carriers * 2 Nuclear-powered submarines * 3 Nuclear-powered cruisers * 4 United States Navy
United States Navy
* 4.1 Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
Hyman G

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Actuator
An ACTUATOR is a component of a machine that is responsible for moving or controlling a mechanism or system, for example by actuating (opening or closing) a valve ; in simple terms, it is a "mover". An actuator requires a control signal and a source of energy. The control signal is relatively low energy and may be electric voltage or current, pneumatic or hydraulic pressure, or even human power. The supplied main energy source may be electric current , hydraulic fluid pressure, or pneumatic pressure. When the control signal is received, the actuator responds by converting the energy into mechanical motion. An actuator is the mechanism by which a control system acts upon an environment. The control system can be simple (a fixed mechanical or electronic system), software-based (e.g. a printer driver, robot control system), a human, or any other input
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United States Armed Forces
American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
Whiskey Rebellion Indian Wars Barbary Wars War of 1812
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Consolidation (business)
In business , CONSOLIDATION or AMALGAMATION is the merger and acquisition of many smaller companies into much larger ones. In the context of financial accounting , consolidation refers to the aggregation of financial statements of a group company as consolidated financial statements . The taxation term of consolidation refers to the treatment of a group of companies and other entities as one entity for tax purposes. Under the Halsbury\'s Laws of England , 'amalgamation' is defined as "a blending together of two or more undertakings into one undertaking, the shareholders of each blending company, becoming, substantially, the shareholders of the blended undertakings. There may be amalgamations, either by transfer of two or more undertakings to a new company, or to the transfer of one or more companies to an existing company"
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Glenn L. Martin
GLENN LUTHER MARTIN (January 17, 1886 – December 5, 1955) was an American aviation pioneer. He designed and built his own aircraft and was an active pilot. He founded his own aircraft company in 1912 which today through several mergers is amalgamated into the Lockheed Martin company. CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 Aviation career begins * 3 Over water record * 4 Hollywood * 5 Achievements * 6 Companies * 7 The Glenn L. Martin Company moves to Maryland * 8 Death * 9 Legacy * 10 References * 11 External links EARLY YEARSGlenn L. Martin was born in Macksburg, Iowa , on January 17, 1886 to Minta and Clarence Martin. At the age of two, Martin's family moved to Salina, Kansas , so that his father could run a wheat farm. By age six, he became interested in kites, but at first his friends made fun of box-kites he built. When the kites flew well, people paid him twenty-five cents to build one for them
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Wright-Martin
WRIGHT-MARTIN was a short-lived aircraft manufacturing business venture between the Wright Company (after Orville Wright
Orville Wright
sold the Wright Company and divested himself from it) and Glenn L. Martin . Company officials merged their respective organizations, the Wright Company and the Glenn L. Martin Company , in 1916. Martin soon resigned, dissolving the arrangement within a year
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Petroleum Industry
The PETROLEUM INDUSTRY, also known as the OIL INDUSTRY or the OIL PATCH, includes the global processes of exploration , extraction , refining , transporting (often by oil tankers and pipelines ), and marketing of petroleum products . The largest volume products of the industry are fuel oil and gasoline (petrol). Petroleum
Petroleum
(oil) is also the raw material for many chemical products , including pharmaceuticals , solvents , fertilizers , pesticides , synthetic fragrances, and plastics . The industry is usually divided into three major components: upstream , midstream and downstream . Midstream operations are often included in the downstream category. Petroleum
Petroleum
is vital to many industries, and is of importance to the maintenance of industrial civilization in its current configuration, and thus is a critical concern for many nations
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Natural Gas
NATURAL GAS is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane , but commonly including varying amounts of other higher alkanes , and sometimes a small percentage of carbon dioxide , nitrogen , hydrogen sulfide , or helium . It is formed when layers of decomposing plant and animal matter are exposed to intense heat and pressure under the surface of the Earth over millions of years. The energy that the plants originally obtained from the sun is stored in the form of chemical bonds in the gas. Natural gas
Natural gas
is a fossil fuel used as a source of energy for heating, cooking, and electricity generation. It is also used as fuel for vehicles and as a chemical feedstock in the manufacture of plastics and other commercially important organic chemicals . Fossil fuel based natural gas is a non-renewable resource
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General Motors
GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY, commonly abbreviated as GM, is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit
Detroit
that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts, and sells financial services. With global headquarters in Detroit's Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center
, GM manufactures cars and trucks in 35 countries. In 2008, 8.35 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under various brands. GM reached the milestone of selling 10 million vehicles in 2016. Current auto brands are Buick
Buick
, Cadillac
Cadillac
, Chevrolet
Chevrolet
, GMC , Holden
Holden
, and Wuling
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Claire Chennault
World War I
World War I
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World War II
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Flying Tigers
The FIRST AMERICAN VOLUNTEER GROUP (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942, nicknamed the FLYING TIGERS, was composed of pilots from the United States
United States
Army Air Corps (USAAC), Navy (USN), and Marine Corps (USMC), recruited under presidential authority and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault . The shark-faced nose art of the Flying Tigers
Flying Tigers
remains among the most recognizable image of any individual combat aircraft or combat unit of World War II. The group consisted of three fighter squadrons of around 30 aircraft each. It trained in Burma
Burma
before the American entry into World War II with the mission of defending China against Japanese forces. The group of volunteers were officially members of the Chinese Air Force
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Great Depression
The GREAT DEPRESSION was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, originating in the United States . The timing of the Great Depression
Great Depression
varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until 1941. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression
Great Depression
is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline. The depression started in the United States after a major fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday ). Between 1929 and 1932, worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) fell by an estimated 15%. By comparison, worldwide GDP fell by less than 1% from 2008 to 2009 during the Great Recession
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