RM Sotheby’s will present a remarkable 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster through Sotheby’s Sealed, RM Sotheby’s proprietary online auction platform, which has become the platform for auctioning pinnacle automobiles, next month. This late production, disc brake, alloy block roadster has been in the same family from new, first being collected from the factory by Ron Cushway and now residing in the hands of his son, Martin Cushway. Mark Donaldson, Director of Private Sales EMEA, says, “I am delighted that we have been entrusted to offer the Cushway 300 SL through Sotheby’s Sealed. The car and the legacy it carries really does reflect the true definition of motoring enjoyment and the allure of owning such a wonderful car. That the single-owner family has been so technically knowledgeable and diligent is not only a compliment to them but also to the exceptional, original Mercedes-Benz engineering. This wonderful 300 SL has been maintained ‘by the book’ from day one and as such has covered its 380,000 miles with astounding reliability. I’d like to think the journeys and the memories they have created will now continue in the hands of the next fortunate custodian.” - A group of people standing around a car Over the years, this 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster has been updated to make it a perfectly usable daily driver with features such as ABS, which are all reversible. It was collected at the factory by Ron Cushway, who had a deep passion for the 300 SL and drove it on extensive rallies and tours across Europe with his wife Trudy. Ron also meticulously serviced and maintained the car himself, meaning it was always well prepared for the adventure ahead. The couple continued to drive and enjoy the car regularly throughout the remainder of their lives. Prior to Ron passing, ownership of the car was handed over to his son, Martin Cushway, who, having been around 300 SLs since a child, founded his own workshop specialising in 300 SLs. Martin Cushway Engineering is now regarded as the UK’s foremost 300 SL specialist and looks after dozens of 300 SLs for an international client base. This remarkable example is accompanied by extensive history files, documents, and photos from throughout its life, chronicling the car’s story even before its purchase, including the original order form and a photograph of Mrs. Cushway disembarking the plane in Stuttgart to collect the 300 SL Roadster from the factory. It is quite possibly the highest mileage 300 SL in existence and stemming from single ownership makes it incredibly special. An incredible and beautiful car in its own right, this particular 300 SL is surely the ultimate expression of automotive passion.
By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the future, Epiphone has set the stage for the next era of sound for present and future generations. Epiphone is proud to take the next step in its partnership with legendary guitarist of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi and launch the Tony Iommi SG Special, a new and exciting version of his beloved SG guitar which helped shape Heavy Metal. The Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Special is now available worldwide on www.Epiphone.com. Tony Iommi's iconic riffs, heavy tones, and massively influential albums created the blueprint for heavy metal and many other genres to follow. After an early accident that almost ended his career as a guitarist, Tony persevered to become universally loved and revered. And while Tony’s innovative tuning and playing styles have always been a major part of his monstrous tones, his original, heavily--modified 1964 Gibson SG Special, nick-named "Monkey" was at the center of it all. Watch and share the new Tony Iommi animated clip from Gibson TV below, HERE. The video features the Black Sabbath song “Fairies Wear Boots” and follows a monkey--a monkey sticker has been on Tony’s original guitar since the beginning--as he travels through a dark forest until he finds the temple of doom where Tony Iommi lives. Epiphone is proud to release a guitar based on the iconic original that launched countless heavy riffs in a striking Vintage Cherry finish. The Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Special features a two-piece mahogany body, a bound one-piece mahogany neck with a rounded profile, an Indian laurel fretboard with 22 frets, a Graph Tech nut, Grover Rotomatic tuners with contemporary style buttons and chrome-covered Epiphone PRO P-90 pickups that are wired to CTS potentiometers and Orange Drop capacitors. A static cling reproduction of Tony’s “Monkey” sticker is in the included hardshell case. The new Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Special is available in both left and right-handed versions.
The streaming of the new digital single “Fiction Blue (cover song)” by Singing Cosplayer Hikari have started on the 27th of September to the entire world. Its music video will also be released on the 28th of September to the rest of the world as well. A music video has been also released on YouTube on September 27. Music streaming link: https://linkco.re/B4S3EFn2 Video streaming link: https://linkco.re/BfQE8c76 Singing Cosplayer Hikari is a solo singer who mainly covers anime songs and vocaloid songs and has been active worldwide. The original song, “Fiction Blue”, was composed by Ayase and this is the second time that Singing Cosplayer Hikari has covered Ayase’s vocaloid songs. Last time she covered the song,“Yorunaderu Menou”. Kaiga Banba, who is an exclusive model for the magazine “Popteen”, and is also an actor and an influencer with more than 570,000 TikTok Followers, has joined the cover photo and the music video for this cover song. This is another huge collaboration for Singing Cosplayer Hikari since she last did a collaboration with Nakayama Kinni-kun for the cover song, “Muscle Please!” Their cover song, “Muscle Please!” was released by Yoshimoto Music co., ltd in January 2022 and gained great popularity in music streaming with over 3 million streams. Singing Cosplayer Hikari is supported by many fans from overseas. One of the reasons why she is so successful is due to her amazing music videos full of beautiful Japanese scenery and her gorgeous outfits that she delivers. For example, for the cover song, “Yume To Hazakura”,which was released in April 2021, she wore almost exactly the same color-schemed kimono as Hasune Miku’s illustration from the original animation and sung the song under beautiful cherry blossoms in front of Odawara castle. The song was released in April 2021. The song was a massive hit and ranked No.1 on J-POP charts in 14 countries and has been viewed over 2.55 million times. The music video of the cover song of, “Fiction Blue” was shot with the cooperation of the tourism industry division of Higashiizu town in Shizuoka Prefecture, Inatori Onsen Ryokan Cooperative Association and Inatori Tokai Hotel Yuen. The result was an incredible Japanese summer feeling with the sequences of blue ocean, fireworks, table tennis and hot spring inns. The gorgeous Japanese scenery will definitely help to get great attention from oversea viewers. Both Kaiga Banba and Singing Cosplayer Hikari wore Yukata, which are summer kimonos, with the cooperation of the Japanese kimono brand “Furifu”. Singing Cosplayer Hikari started her activity on SNS and YouTube in the New Year of 2021. Since then she has released 38 cover songs of anime and vocaloid songs and 18 of them have been released as music streaming to the entire world.
Elana Scherr didn’t find her way into old cars as early as most. In fact, she didn’t even get a driver’s license until she was 21. Then she picked up a cheap Duster and, with a little help from her friends, learned not only how to drive it, but also how to fix it when it broke. When she met her future husband Tom and started making passes at the dragstrip, she was hooked. Many of us came to know Elana from her time spent on staff at Hot Rod Magazine. Her articles jumped off the page with a unique voice that made the reader feel like they were right there, driving around in the featured car or behind the scenes at events like Pike’s Peak and Baja. Since Hot Rod, Elana has worked as a freelancer, written a book with Don Prudhomme called Don "The Snake" Prudhomme: My Life Beyond the 1320, and made her way back to a magazine staff position, this time as Senior Features Editor at Car and Driver. In her current gig, Elana gets to drive around in brand new cars, comparing and contrasting with her ever-growing fleet of vintage drivers. She still works plenty of the clever storytelling and automotive adventuring that we’ve come to expect from her into her copy. Be sure to check out Elana and Tom’s YouTube channel (Challengeher) and follow her on Instagram @challengeher.
Konami Digital Entertainment Limited today announced the return of the Suikoden series, with Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars launching on PlayStation®4, XBOX ONE, STEAM® and Nintendo Switch™ in 2023! Announced during Tokyo Games Show 2022, Konami confirmed several fundamental improvements and quality-of-life features in the upcoming remaster collection: Graphical Improvements • Pixel sprites and environment art enhanced with new screen effects including lighting, clouds, and shadow animations Flickering flames, smoldering smoke, the movement of leaves and insects, all add up to a lively in-game atmosphere! • The effects and direction have been redesigned, bringing memorable scenes back to life in more beautiful ways! New Character Drawings • All character portraits have been updated in HD. Junko Kawano, who designed the characters for the original version of Suikoden released in 1995, has newly re-drawn all the character portraits for Suikoden I HD Remaster Gate Rune War. Sound Improvements • Field Sound – A large number of environmental sounds not found in the original version, such as the sound of running water in the river, wind, insects, and running footsteps, have been added. You can enjoy an immersive experience like never before! • Battle Sound – All sound effects are now in HD. In addition to the impact of the 3D effects, the realistic sound greatly enhances the dynamism of the battles! Game System Improvements • Many new features have been added, such as dialogue log, auto-battle, double-speed battles, etc.
Today, an animation project called, “Mecha-Ude” was announced. The previewing version of the original animation, which was self produced, gained great attention when it was released. “Mecha-Ude” is an original animation which was created and directed by the animation creator Okamoto. Okamoto belongs to the animation studio called TriF Studio. TriF Studio is an up and coming animation production company in Japan which is based in the Fukuoka prefecture. The story of the anime revolves around two youths. Hikaru has been enjoying his normal school days in middle school and Alma is a Mecha-Ude Wielder who can be activated when he is attached to human beings. There are exciting adventures and battles following the two of them in the story. In the beginning the project, “Mecha-Ude” was established mainly by animator/ illustrator Okamoto and the creator group called TriF. TriF consists of students and volunteers in Fukuoka. Later, the project was funded successfully by the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and CAMPFIRE. In 2018, about 25 minute episodes were made as a preview version and released for the anime’s supporters only. Finally, the official anime series of, “Mecha-Ude” was announced to be produced and it started all kinds of exciting projects around the anime. There are comments from the director Okamoto, TriF Studio animation producer Shuichi Aso and producer Tetsuya Kinoshita from PONY CANYON. As one of the anime projects which is planned, a Comicalize work about the story of “Mecha-Ude '' was released as a preceding manga series on LINE Manga and ebookjapan. The series will be published every other week and TriF will create the story and supervise, and the illustration will be done by Yoshino Koyoka who has created the manga series “Aria the secret Ammo”. The illustration is detailed and also powerful and it will portray the world of “Mecha-Ude '' amazingly. The Manga Series “Mecha-Ude” will be released for free from the very first release, which is today. The first 3 stories are all free and the 4th story can be purchased to watch, but it will also be free if you wait longer. We hope that many people will discover the world of “Mecha-Ude” and the adventures of Hikaru and Alma. The promotion movie of the animation studio, called, “TriF Studio” in Fukuoka prefecture which has been creating “Mecha-Ude ', was released on the TriF Studio Official YouTube Channel. In the movie, there are many comments from the creator and every comment will allow people to find out the charm of the TriF Studio. The comments are from an artist, “Eve’ who has created the theme song of the pilot version of the anime, and an artist Masayoshi Oishi who co-worked for creating the Music Video. Furthermore, there is a comment from Hiroshi Matsuyama from the company CyberConnect2 which is located in the Fukuoka prefecture. CyberConnect2 has been creating many legendary games and this firm was responsible for the supervision of “Mecha-Ude” over all. Terumi Nishii who is the key staff for the designing of the character, “Mecha-Ude,” and she was the main director for the anime illustration of “Jujutsu Kaisen,” which she also commented on. Who is the director Okamoto who creates animation with the TriF Studio? The average age of the employees at TriF Studio is 25 years old and it is amazingly young for the animation firms in Japan. What is TriF Studio planning for the future? It is the first attempt to release the official animation series. Why have they been challenged from Fukuoka? The whole picture of TriF Studio, which is creating a totally new era of the anime, will be revealed. We hope that people will find out the secret and message from the firm and also know more about the anime project “Mecha-Ude”. “Mecha-Ude” Original creator and director, Okamoto from TriF Studio - With so many people who have supported us through crowdfunding and who have been encouraging us tremendously to allow us to create the beginning, middle and ending of the stories of the characters from the pilot version. There are new characters including other Mecha-Ude and Mecha-Ude users. I am so happy that the world of “Mecha-Ude” is growing rapidly and is something I personally want to see more! I am eager to share this anime with everyone as fast as I can. Please enjoy it! Animation producer, Shuichi Aso from TriF Studio - The illustrator and animator Okamoto is one of very few rare and real talents. I will never forget the illustration on a sheet of paper one day when we were eating Udon noodles at lunch break. Everything started from that day and the independent animation, “Mecha-Ude” was announced to be created as a series anime. Finally! Finally! This is all owed to the people who have believed in the possibility of “Mecha-Ude” from our first pilot production. Now we, all members of TriF Studio, have been working hard to create this anime by director Okamoto. So, we can now share Okamoto’s amazing world and story with you! Please enjoy it! Producer, Tetsuya Kinoshita from PONY CANYON - I was invited to join the project “Mecha-Ude”. After I watched the pilot version, I really wished to see more of it. Every time I heard the story of “Mecha-Ude” from Okamoto, I wanted to see and know more about the world of “Mecha-Ude”. The story of this anime is literally about mechanical arms. Let’s enjoy watching it together! I hope you will love it!
Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand, has shaped sound across generations and genres of music, becoming one of the most relevant, played, and loved guitar brands around the world. Gibson is proud to unveil the latest addition to its collection, the Rick Beato Les Paul Special Double Cut. Acclaimed record producer, songwriter, musician, and educator Rick Beato is well-known for his YouTube videos on Everything Music. Rick worked closely with Gibson luthiers to create the Les Paul Double Cut to his exact specifications. A striking new model in TV Blue Mist, the Gibson Rick Beato Les Paul Special Double Cut is available now at select global dealers and on Gibson.com. “I’m excited to launch this signature guitar because it embodies all the features, I’ve loved in the Double Cuts I play along with a new thinner and more resonant body,” says Rick Beato. “I’ve spent my life dedicated to music education. The fact that creating this instrument also allows me to raise money for the Save the Music Foundation was the final incentive I needed to be involved. This is a unique guitar that was built for a unique and timely cause. I hope you love it as much as I do.” Rick Beato is dedicated to music education and has pledged to donate all of his royalties from the sale of his Gibson Rick Beato Les Paul Special Double Cut to the Save The Music Foundation. At Save The Music Foundation, music is core to our national recovery and young people’s mental health. Save The Music is delivering over 15,000 instruments to over 100 school and community projects nationwide for this school year. Gibson has a strong focus on supporting the global music community through the philanthropic arm of Gibson Gives which supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, and wellness initiatives. Gibson Gives will match Rick’s charitable donation to Save The Music. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives--a 501(c)(3) organization--go towards giving the gift of music. In the last three years, Gibson Gives has raised over $3.5 million dollars worldwide through its mission. "Rick Beato is an inspiration to so many musicians and music lovers and we are honored to have Rick Beato join our family of signature artists,” says Beth Heidt, VP of Cultural Influence Gibson Brands-Global. “We are on a mutual mission to support music education and ensure the opportunity to experience the arts are available to all students. Save the Music is a key partner of our foundation Gibson Gives and will make sure this access is provided to young musicians. It is a very special project for all of us.” Rick Beato knows great guitars inside and out and he shares his knowledge to over 3 million subscribers every week on his YouTube channel. Rick Beato’s new Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut is designed to be something special. It features a double cutaway body that is slightly thinner (1.5”) than normal, making it lighter and more comfortable. The Tune-O-Matic bridge and Stop Bar tailpiece ensure excellent sustain and easy intonation adjustment, while the dual P-90 pickups deliver classic Les Paul Special Tones. For a distinctive look, the guitar is finished in a new satin nitrocellulose lacquer color, developed with Rick, and named TV Blue Mist. Rick’s signature is reproduced on the truss rod cover; an original series harshell case is included. Destined to be a fan favorite, the Gibson Rick Beato Les Paul Special Double Cut is limited to 500 units worldwide. Rick Beato is a record producer, songwriter, musician, educator, and YouTuber. His Everything Music channel on YouTube has over 3 million subscribers and his interviews include Sting, Pat Metheny, Brian May, Eric Johnson, Ron Carter, Victor Wooten, Tommy Emmanuel, John Scofield, Larry Carlton, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bernard Purdie, and Peter Frampton among others. Currently, Rick’s Everything Music has 10 to 15 million views per month and a total of half a billion views globally. Rick’s upbeat conversations with musicians that delve into the artist’s creative process, songwriting, compositions as well the genesis of hit riffs or melodies. Rick’s interviews are a celebration of an artist's career as well as a lively discussion between two people who really love music.
As THE WHITE BUFFALO prepares for the release of his eighth studio album YEAR OF THE DARK HORSE--out November 11 via Snakefarm Records--TWB has announced the worldwide live premiere of the film The White Buffalo: Year Of The Dark Horse set to air Thursday, September 29 in the U.K./Europe at 6:00 PM BST/7:00 PM CET, and in the U.S./North America at 6:00 PM PST/9:00 PM EST, via the premium global streaming platform Veeps. Directly following the film, Jake Smith (THE WHITE BUFFALO) will take part in a Live Q&A; a one-time encore airing of the film and a third Live Q&A will take place on Sunday, October 2 (12:00 PM PST/3:00 PM EST/8:00 PM BST/9:00 PM CET). Tickets for “The White Buffalo: Year Of The Dark Horse” are on sale now at Veeps.com, as well as the Veeps App, Apple TV, Roku, and iOS/Android. A visual, artistic interpretation of the story of the album, The White Buffalo: Year Of The Dark Horse the film was created by Jake Smith (THE WHITE BUFFALO) and features four different directors tackling each of the 12 songs on TWB’s forthcoming album YEAR OF THE DARK HORSE, in an epic and cinematic way. The unique, high-concept, art film was produced by award-winning director Lee Diskin, and also features directors Gene Sung, Pete Macomber and C.W. Mihlberger. Similar to the new album which is based around the shifting of the four seasons, each director took three songs to symbolize Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. As a result, The White Buffalo: Year Of The Dark Horse delivers the ultimate artist statement realized through captivating performance art. “My forthcoming album is a sonic and lyrical journey of one lunar year in one man’s life” says Jake Smith, THE WHITE BUFFALO. “Four seasons in 12 songs… Loosely based on my twisted truths and adventures. I wanted to show the seasonal effect on the heart and the mind. I also wanted to abandon, sonically, everything. Escape the acoustic clutches and genres I’ve been associated with and shackled to. I wanted to make my headphones album. Every song bleeds into the next. I took it further and created a visual companion as an art film comprised of vignettes for each of the 12 songs. Part performance art, part cinema, The White Buffalo: Year Of The Dark Horse will take you, the listener and viewer, on the emotional roller coaster that is this album with a feast for the senses. Four directors take three song sections of the album and each taking a season into another. Winter to spring, spring into summer, and so on. This piece of art is made to be consumed in one sitting. Hopefully mildly sedated or elevated. Enjoy!! This is… Year of the Dark Horse.” THE WHITE BUFFALO will return this fall with his eighth studio album titled YEAR OF THE DARK HORSE. The Oregon-born, Southern California-bred artist completed the record with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, Fidlar) at his Neon Cross studio in Nashville. For THE WHITE BUFFALO, aka singer-songwriter-guitarist JAKE SMITH, it was time to take the less-traveled path and embark on a voyage of discovery. Roughly based around the shifting of the seasons paralleled with the shifting of a relationship, on YEAR OF THE DARK HORSE, SMITH continues his evocative storytelling through emotionally weighted songs that allow the imagination of the listener to play an important part throughout; the music builds on a tale of debauchery (of the drunken variety) and blame, of love and loss, a life lived against the odds, the whole thing set in one lunar year, following our anti-hero through the highs and lows of the seasons. From highlights “Kingdom For A Fool,” “52 Card Pickup,” and “Donna,” YEAR OF THE DARK HORSE offers an invigorating and wonderfully unpredictable listen. A collection of 12 musical vignettes individual yet constant in flow, it’s THE WHITE BUFFALO’s most ambitious and well-rounded work to date, with the full scope of SMITH’s songwriting craft is on view. Above: THE WHITE BUFFALO is the alias for singer-songwriter-guitarist JAKE SMITH (pictured far right); the touring/recording band also includes Matt Lynott (pictured left) on drums, and Christopher Hoffee (pictured in mirror) on bass/keys/guitars. Now with seven albums plus various EPs in its locker THE WHITE BUFFALO--is rounded out by touring/recording compadres CHRISTOPHER HOFFEE, bassist/keyboards/guitars, and drummer MATT LYNOTT. NPR’s All Songs Considered tagged THE WHITE BUFFALO as an “amazing storyteller,” the Los Angeles Times added “Smith’s baritone echoes with villains and misfits, drunks, and philistines,” and Classic Rock magazine declared TWB “America’s darkest country/blues export…imagine a blue collar Tom Waits, or Nick Cave pumping gas in a station just off the highway.” A powerful and prolific storyteller through his songcraft, SMITH’s body of work includes prominent song and soundtrack placements in the worlds of TV and film including the shows Sons Of Anarchy, This Is Us, Californication, The Punisher, The Terminal List, and the films Shelter, Safe Haven and West of Memphis. THE WHITE BUFFALO’s dark blues and light Americana-roots-tinged folk provided a soundtrack of tunes for the entire seven season run of the FX original series Sons of Anarchy, which included 11 songs overall. The last song in the series finale for SOA “Come Join The Murder,” earned THE WHITE BUFFALO his first-ever EMMY Award Nomination. THE WHITE BUFFALO are currently on tour for Canadian dates, and on Friday, September 16, will perform at Beachlife Festival in Redondo Beach. THE WHITE BUFFALO will kick off their nationwide Fall U.S. headlining tour on Friday, November 4 in Las Vegas, NV.
Thirdverse, Inc. today announced that the first VR game from its US studio, X8, will be a multiplayer tactical first person hero shooter available for purchase this winter. Thirdverse’s US studio consists of industry veterans with more than 20 years creating AAA and cross-platform titles in gaming. On the heels of its recent launch of sword-fighting action game ALTAIR BREAKER, Thirdverse is redefining the 5v5 hero shooter game with interactive heroic abilities in the classic vein of search and destroy style maps and gameplay. In X8, a digital cataclysm has forced a reboot of all contemporary shooters. Heroes from different FPS franchises find themselves crossing paths back to their common ancestor game engine. Players will compete across several maps to restore their source worlds and rebuild their path home. Thirdverse is offering a first look of X8 to visitors of the annual Tokyo Game Show in Tokyo, Japan from September 15-18 at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in both the Thirdverse booth in Hall 5 #5-C14 and the Meta Japan booth in Hall 5 #6-C01.
Japan Game Awards 2022 (JGA2022), organized by Computer Entertainment Supplierʼs Association (CESA; Chairman: Hideki Hayakawa) will hold the online presentation for the 26th Japan Game Awards 2022 by online. It can be viewed for free of charge without pre- registration. “Game of the Year Division” “Game Designers Award” “Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award” Date: 4:00pm to 5:50 pm, Thursday, September 15 (JST) (simultaneous interpretation available) In the Games of the Year Division, which recognizes games that represent the year, the Best Sales Award, Global Awards (Japanese product and foreign product), Awards for Excellence, and the Grand Award that determines the top prize, will be announced. In addition, the Game Designers Award, which is selected by top creators representing Japan from a professional perspective, and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Award, which is presented to people and organizations that have contributed to game industry development, will be announced. “Future Division” Date:10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Sunday, September 18 (JST) (※Japanese language only) The award for the Future Division will resume from 2019! The award is applicable for unreleased titles that were announced and exhibited in both venue and TGS2022 Online site, and votes were collected in three days during the event. After which, through screening by the Japan Game Awards Selection Committee, a title with future prospects was selected. Tokyo Game Show 2022 Official Website: https://tgs.cesa.or.jp/en *You also see each presentation ceremony from the official website. Please select “Contents” then “Official Program.” Then, You will see the channel for “Japan Game Awards” on Sep. 15 and Sep.18 in the timetable.
Embraer has successfully completed the fight test of the certification campaign for the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS II), which provides the C-390 Millennium with the required capability to perform firefighting missions. The tests, carried out at the Embraer facility in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo State, in Brazil, represent an important advancement in the certification campaign of this capacity by the Brazilian Military Certification Authority (IFI). After certification, the firefighting capability will be available to aircraft's operators. The MAFFS II is a firefighting system capable of deploying up to 3,000 gallons of water (approximately 11,300 liters), both with and without fire retardant, according to the standard ground cover level criteria and in various types of terrain. Designed to interface with the aircraft’s Cargo Handling System (CHS), the MAFFS II is rapidly installed on the cargo compartment of the airplane, using only its own trailer. The system requires only aircraft power to operate. The conclusion of these tests, which included several in-flight water-drop, proved the system's ability to integrate with the aircraft, and demonstrated excellent aspects of flight quality and maneuverability, which are extremely necessary for this type of operation at low speeds. The C-390 Millennium and its air-to-air refueling configuration, the KC-390, are the new generation of multi-mission military transport aircraft delivering unrivaled mobility and cargo capacity, rapid re-configuration, high availability, improved comfort, as well as optimal management of reduced operational costs through its life cycle, all in a single platform.
For 128 years, Gibson has shaped sound across generations and genres and has emerged as the most relevant, played, and loved guitar brand around the world. Gibson and Epiphone are proud to announce they have teamed with world renowned singer, songwriter and guitarist, Noel Gallagher to re-create his beloved 1960 Gibson ES-355 guitar and the Epiphone Riviera used during the mid-nineties. Both amazing recreations are available worldwide now at: www.gibson.com and www.epiphone.com “Fuck me, what a Guitar!” says Noel Gallagher of the 1960 Gibson ES-355. “I’ve actually sent my main one back to storage, something I haven’t done since the day I bought it… THAT’S how good it is!” “This is THE guitar associated with Noel Gallagher since the late 1990’s, we have taken our time over the details, we have worked closely with the artist and we have produced not only a truly remarkable recreation of the original but also a beautiful instrument which can be appreciated by all” says Lee Bartram, EU Head of Marketing & Cultural Influence EMEA at Gibson Brands. “Gibson Custom continue to push the boundaries of what can be done with new guitar production, this project is has been a labor of love for over 10 years and I’m extremely proud of what has been produced by amazing artisans in Nashville.” Since the late 1990’s the 1960 Gibson ES-355 has been Noel’s main live guitar and continues to grace stages around the world and be seen by millions of people. Gibson is proud to launch a limited run of 200 pieces of Noel’s main electric guitar which includes all the appointments which make the Gibson ES-355 the pinnacle of guitar craftmanship, including a multi-ply bound maple body, a mahogany neck and ebony fretboard, a Varitone switch, and a Bigsby® B7 vibrato tailpiece. A reproduced handwritten lyric sheet, a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity, and a custom Bear Strap exactly like Noel’s are also included. Above: Gibson Noel Gallagher 1960 ES-355. “That guitar played a part on so many songs in the nineties it’s ridiculous” Noel Gallagher says of the Epiphone Riviera. “The Epiphone is excellent, really very good… sounds exactly like my original one, it’s a belter!” “Very few artists encapsulate ‘For Every Stage’ like Noel Gallagher,” adds Lee Bartram. “From being discovered in Glasgow to performing in front of 250,000 attendees at Knebworth, Noel’s constant guitars were his Epiphones. The Epiphone Riviera is one of the most memorable and has been the inspiration for many guitarists coming out of that era. Noel Gallagher created a huge sound from that guitar while also using it to write and record some of the world’s most iconic anthems.” Watch and share the new Noel Gallagher interview below on Gibson TV This is where it all started. During the early Oasis tours, Noel Gallagher played various Gibson and Epiphone guitars, but the early 80s Epiphone Rivieras stood out. The look and sound of these instruments gave the ultimate live experience to those seeing the ultimate live rock 'n' roll band. Epiphone is honored to welcome back Noel Gallagher to the core lineup with the Epiphone Noel Gallagher Riviera in a stunning Dark Wine Red finish. With the original still in the artist's collection, Epiphone was granted access and, as a result, has included many historical elements on this new model. The inclusion of a volute completes a SlimTaper™ neck. The color and finish are a close match to that era, while the Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™ pickups ensure the sound matches the looks. Extra touches such as historically accurate 'E' decals and a brown sound hole label give this guitar a vintage feel. Complete with an Epiphone hardshell case, the guitar is finished off with a silkscreened artist signature on the back of the headstock. For over 25 years, Noel Gallagher has been at the forefront of British music and has established himself as one of the world’s most prolific songwriters and performers. As main songwriter, lead guitarist, and occasional lead vocalist of British band Oasis, and fronting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Gallagher has played a tremendous role in shaping British Rock music from the 90’s onwards. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds first emerged in 2011 with their eponymous album released in October of that year. The album went double platinum in the UK and has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. By the time a second album was due for release, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds had already played 150 live shows in 32 different countries. The second album Chasing Yesterday was released in March 2015 - the first album to be produced, as well as written by Noel, who followed it up with another 122 shows in 28 countries. A third album Who Built The Moon? was recorded in sessions spanning two years with renowned producer, DJ and composer David Holmes in Belfast and London. Who Built The Moon? (2017) debuted in the UK at No 1, making it a hat trick of No. 1 albums for Noel. Who Built The Moon? was also a record-breaking, 10th consecutive chart-topping studio album in the UK for Noel – no other artist has achieved such a feat. Live appearances continued throughout 2019 with a host of headline festival dates and tours of the USA and Australia with Smashing Pumpkins and U2 respectively. Release wise, Noel has once again challenged industry norms by releasing a series of multi-genre EP’s over the course of 2019 and 2020. In March 2020, he released the 5-song EP Blue Moon Rising featuring the single “Wandering Star” and two title track remixes. In December 2020, Noel released the demo “We’re Gonna Get There In The End.” Noel is currently in the studio working on new music.