Flambards and 11th Intelligence Squadron

This article is about the novel. For the television series based on the books, see Flambards (TV series). For the theme park, see The Flambards Experience.

Flambards is a novel for children or young adults by K. M. Peyton, first published by Oxford in 1967 with illustrations by Victor Ambrus. Alternatively, "Flambards" is the trilogy (1967–1969) or series (1967–1981) named after its first book. The series is set in England just before, during, and after World War I.

The novel Flambards (book one) features a teenage orphan and heiress Christina Parsons, who comes to live at Flambards, the impoverished Essex estate owned by her crippled and tyrannical uncle, William Russell, and his two sons, Mark and Will.

Contents 1 Novel summary 2 Series 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links

Novel summary

Christina Parsons, who has been shunted around the family since she was orphaned at five years old in 1901, is sent to live at Flambards with her mother's half-brother, the crippled Russell. Her Aunt Grace speculates that Russell plans for Christina to marry his son Mark in order to restore Flambards to its former glory using the money that she will inherit on her twenty-first birthday. Mark is as brutish as his father, with a great love for hunting, whereas the younger son William is terrified of horses after a hunting accident and aspires to be an aviator. Christina soon finds friendship with the injured William, who challenges her ideas on class boundaries, as well as her love for horses and hunting. William and Christina eventually fall in love and run away from the hunt ball to London, hoping to marry. Series

The fourth book controversially reversed the ending of the original trilogy, twelve years later and following the television series. Flambards (Oxford, 1967) The Edge of the Cloud (Oxford, 1969) Flambards in Summer (Oxford, 1969) Flambards Divided (1981)

For The Edge of the Cloud, Peyton won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject. She was a commended runner-up for both the first and third books, the latter in competition with her Medal-winning work.

She also won the 1970 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, conferred by The Guardian newspaper and judged by a panel of British children's writers. Ordinarily the prize recognises one fiction book published during the preceding calendar year; exceptionally Peyton won for the Flambards trilogy completed in 1969.

The trilogy was adapted as a 13-part television series in 1979, Flambards starring Christine McKenna as Christina Parsons.

World Publishing issued a U.S. edition of the first book in 1968, retaining the Ambrus illustrations. World (Cleveland and New York) also published U.S. editions of the second and third books in 1969 and 1970, also with the original illustrations, although all three novels were reset with a greater page-counts. See also Flambards (TV series) Notes ^ Since 1995 there are usually eight books on the Carnegie shortlist. According to CCSU some runners up through 2002 were Commended (from 1955) or Highly Commended (from 1966). There were about 160 commendations of both kinds in 48 years, including four for 1967 (one highly commended) and three for 1969. ^ The Guardian Prize is once-in-a-lifetime; previous winners are ineligible. Six authors not quite including Peyton have won the Carnegie Medal for their Guardian Prize-winning books.

11th Intelligence Squadron and Flambards

Contents 1 Mission 2 History 3 Campaigns 4 Stations 5 References

Mission

The 11th Intelligence Squadron (11 IS), provides tailored full-motion video processing, exploitation and dissemination for special operations forces engaged in both combat and non-combat operations worldwide. History

The squadron was established in August 2006, in order to provide tailored and dedicated intelligence support to special operations forces. It became the first imagery and full-motion video intelligence unit to be specifically assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). It is unique among Air Force intelligence squadrons in that it does not report to the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA).

Rapid growth in special operations missions and in reconnaissance operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism led to the unit becoming one of the fastest growing Air Force units. The unit expanded to include geographically separated units at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. In addition, the unit is affiliated with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. and St. Louis, Missouri.

With the dramatic growth in UAVs and full-motion video capabilities, the 11th Intelligence Squadron is responsible for more than half of all the full-motion video exploited by the U.S. military. Campaigns Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa Operation Enduring Freedom - Trans-Sahara Operation Unified Response Stations Hurlburt Field, Florida, 2006–Present Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 2006–Present Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, 2008–2010 (formally called "Det 2" was stood down and replaced by the 56th IS) National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, District of Columbia, 2006–Present National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Missouri, 2008–Present
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