Maj. Michelle M. Curran
Maj. Michelle M. Curran is the Lead Solo Pilot for the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. As Thunderbird 5, she flies the #5 jet and serves as the squadron’s Chief of Standardization and Evaluation. She is in her second season with the team. Curran entered the Air Force in 2009 with a Reserve Officer Training Corps commission from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She completed the Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus, MS and assigned to the F-16 Misawa Air Base, Japan. Curran has flown more than 1,500 hours in the F-16, including 163 combat hours over Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute Support and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Prior to the Thunderbirds, she was an F-16 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.
2009 Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, University of St. Thomas
2010 Air and Space Basic Course, Squadron Officer College
2014 Squadron Officer School
Nov 2009 – Nov 2011 Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals,
14th Operational Support Squadron Columbus AFB, Miss.
Nov 2011 – Nov 2012 Student, F-16 Basic Course, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
Nov 2012 – Nov 2015 F-16 Pilot/Chief of Scheduling, 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
Nov 2015 – Sept 2018 F-16 Instructor Pilot/Flight Commander, 355th Fighter Squadron, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas
Sept 2018 – Present Thunderbird #5, Opposing Solo, USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
Rating: Senior Pilot
Flight hours: More than 1,500
Aircraft flown: T-6, T-38, F-16C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Aug 2009
First Lieutenant Aug 2011
Captain Aug 2013
Major July 2019
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Mr. Dux still holds four world records
Subsequently, Mr. Dux founded the first American Ninjitsu System
Dux – Ryu
Paul Gardner Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American business magnate, researcher, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known for co-founding Microsoft Corporation with childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975, which helped spark the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s and became the world’s largest personal computer software company. Allen was ranked as the 44th-wealthiest person in the world by Forbes in 2018, with an estimated net worth of $20.3 billion at the time of his death.
Allen left active operations at Microsoft in early 1983 after a Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis, remaining on its board as vice chairman. He and his sister, Jody Allen, founded Vulcan Inc. in 1986, a privately held company that managed his various business and philanthropic efforts. He had a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio including technology and media companies, scientific research, real estate holdings, private space flight ventures, and stakes in other sectors. He owned the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association, and was part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer. In 2000 he resigned from his position on Microsoft’s board and assumed the post of senior strategy adviser to the company’s management team.
Allen was also the founder of the Allen Institutes for Brain Science, Artificial Intelligence and Cell Science, as well as companies like Stratolaunch Systems and Apex Learning. He gave more than $2 billion to causes such as education, wildlife and environmental conservation, the arts, healthcare, community services and more. In 2004, he funded the first manned private spaceplane with SpaceShipOne. He received numerous awards and honors in several different professions and was listed among the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007 and 2008. Allen was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009. He died of septic shock related to the cancer on October 15, 2018.
Octopus is a 414-foot (126 m) megayacht owned by the Jody Allen-controlled estate of the late Paul Allen. It is one of the world’s largest yachts. Launched in 2003, Octopus is a private vessel that is regularly lent out for exploration projects, scientific research initiatives and rescue missions.
Octopus has two helicopter pads on the main deck, a twin pad and hangars at the stern and a single pad on the bow; and a 63-foot (19 m) tender docked in the transom and a landing craft. There are a total of seven tenders aboard. The yacht also has a pool, located aft on one of its upper decks, and two submarines (one of them operated by remote control and capable of attaining greater depths). The latter was lent to Google Earth for the “Explore the Ocean” project. Side hatches at the water line form a dock for personal watercraft.
The exterior was designed by Espen Øino Naval Architects and built by the German shipbuilders Lürssen in Bremen and HDW in Kiel. The interior was by designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle.
Allen’s yacht Octopus, owned by the billionaire Microsoft co founder. Luxury yacht Octopus is one of the world’s largest yachts. Octopus has a large helicopter hangar on the main deck, giving shelter to two helicopters. The yacht has a large glass bottom pool and a 10 person submarine. The submarine and the main tender (named Man of War) float into the yacht through a large hatch. The yacht has a music recording studio on the bridge deck. Other features include an observation lounge, a cinema, a juice bar near a gym, a salon and a medical centre. The owner has his dedicated deck, with a large study, a walk-in closet and an outside bar with whirlpool. There is a large VIP cabin, 4 guest cabins, a children’s cabin and two additional staff/doctors cabins. The exterior was designed by Espen Øino Naval Architects. The interior was designed by American designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle. Paul Allen also owns the yacht Tatoosh and the Feadship Meduse. In January 2016 Tatoosh was involved in an accident. Her anchor chain damaged a coral reef in the Cayman Islands. The two helicopters on the Octopus bare the registration numbers N904AFand N76AF. The first one is a MD900 and the second a Sikorsky S-76C. On this page you will find exclusive interior photos of Octopus. Octopus is often referred to as the Bill Gates yacht, however Bill Gates is not the owner of the yacht Octopus. As far as SuperYachtFan knows Bill Gates does not own a yacht. In the winter season 2013/2014 Octopus went to Hamburg, Germany for a refit. In May 2014 Paul hosted a party on board Octopus during the Cannes International Film Festival. Guests included Dolph Lungren, Sharon Stone and Entourage star Adrian Grenier. Octopus is a member of Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER), a voluntary group ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange quick and easy assistance for anyone in distress at sea. Octopus has assisted on several occasions in recent years, including an air and sea search in the waters of Palau looking for missing police officers and their pilot. In March 2015 A research team led by Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced battleships. The ship was sunk during World War II and, despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the ship was unknown. Using historical records from four different countries, detailed topographical data and advanced technology aboard his yacht, M/Y Octopus, Mr. Allen and his team discovered the wreckage in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines on March 1, 2015. Read more at Paul Allen’s personal website. In July 2015 Octopus was in Reykjavik, Iceland. The luxury yacht Octopus is not available for charter, but enquire for your ultimate charter experience on other yachts.
Yacht Name: Octopus
Yacht Length: 126 m (414 ft)
Guests: 26 in 13 cabins
Crew: 57 in 28 cabins
Yacht Value: US$ 250 million
Owners Name: Paul Allen
Owners Net Worth: US$ 18.2 billion
Owners Company: Microsoft
Owners Country: USA
Octopus carries two helicopters and a submarine.
How many 7 year olds come back to school after a weekend with a photo of an F-16 Fighter Jet with their name on it???