A few nice weight loss images I found:
Before and after
Image by Bob Mical
Two years and 75 lbs later. Left side, June 2017, right side, July 2019.
Day 317 (Year 7) 292/365 AND Day 2513: Low Cal Saturday Lunch
Image by Old Shoe Woman
500 calories. 5.5 oz. grilled salmon, 2 tablespoons Roumalade Sauce, 1 cup stewed cabbage & onion with olive oil, 10 steamed asparagus spears with "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter" sprays.
I am still losing weight since returning from Ireland. I am more determined than ever to get to a healthy weight and keep my blood pressure down. I do NOT want to take meds. Right now, I am not taking any meds. In about 5 months, I have lost almost 20 pounds (including the pounds I had gained on the Canada & Tennessee trips.) The Garcinia Cambogia pills (Super CitriMax) that my niece and I are taking seems to help. Eating only 1200 calories a day helps. Wearing my FitBit & getting as many steps daily as possible helps. Now each day I’m drinking 1 or 2 glasses of water with 2 teaspoons Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 packet of Stevia. That seems to help too. I am a happy camper!
This is the pill I’m taking for weight loss: www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-best-weight-control-formu…
M-47 Dragon Anti-Tank Missile
Image by rocbolt
White Sands Missile Range Museum
The M47 Dragon shoulder-fired, man-portable anti-tank missile system was first fielded with the US Army in Europe in 1975. Dragon uses a wire-guidance system and high explosive anti-tank warhead. It was developed to defeat armored vehicles and hardened targets, as well as tanks- especially the Soviet Union’s T-55, T-62, and T-72 main battle tanks. It was used into the 1990’s, including the Gulf War of 1991. The effective range of the Dragon was about 1000 meters, with the missile traveling 100 meters per second, guided by an infrared sight. The operator had to continue to track the missile to its target, which exposed him to enemy fire.
There was a delay between trigger depression and launch motor ignition due to a chemical battery charging the initiator circuit, often resulting in the operator tensing up in anticipation of the sudden explosion of the rocket from the launcher. The missile was discharged from the launcher tube by a "launch motor", which was a rocket motor that completely expended itself within the tube so as not to injure the operator with exhaust gas. The missile coasted away from the operator and a burning infrared flare was ignited at the rear of the missile.
After the missile was about 30-50 meters from the gunner, it was propelled forward and guided towards the target by 3 rows of thrusters aligned longitudinally along the missile body. The rocket spiraled as it moved forward, and the thrusters were fired in pairs to move the missile forward as well as keep the missile on target. These were activated by the sight controller which sent signals from the sight mechanism to the missile along the wire which spooled out behind the missile and remained connected to the sight. The operator kept the sight crosshairs on the target, the sight tracked the infrared flare and sent corrections to the missile service motor to bring the flight of the missile to the aim point. The service charges were fired as needed to keep the missile on the proper course for the target. A missile moving towards a stationary target and tracked by a steady gunner would fire the thrusters about every 0.5 to 1 second, resulting in its signature popping’ sound as it moved downrange. If the operator over-corrected his aim point beyond the service motor’s capability to keep up the missile grounded itself. Conversely, if the guidance wire broke, the missile would fire its rockets rapidly, sending the missile into a rapid ascent. This was a recoilless weapon-the launcher didn’t "kick" per se when fired-but the sudden loss of the 30 pound missile weight from the shoulder caused many soldiers to flinch badly enough to lose track of the target, resulting in a missile grounding.
It was phased out of U.S. military service in 2001, in favor of the newer Javelin system.