User:Askari Mark

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Welcome to my home page! My primary areas of expertise include fixed-wing military aircraft, national air forces, and military history in general. I also have expertise in numismatics and medallic sculpture (chiefly Art Nouveau and Art Deco). If I can be of assistance, please post a note on my talk page.


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Askari Mark essay: Defining Jet Fighter Generations

Askari Mark essay: Understanding aircraft unit costs

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Adopted: Mortar disambiguation page (effective 12 Jan 2007); last update 19 March 2009.



Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
For your solution to the edit war on Safiyya bint Huyayy on whether she was or wasn't a concubine of Mohammad FrummerThanThou 12:24, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

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I, Chrislk02, award you this wiki-wings for the excellent work you do with Wiki project aircraft! -- Chrislk02 (Chris Kreider) 20:17, 20 December 2006 (UTC)

Reviewer's Award2.png The Reviewers Award
I, Staxringold, award you this Reviewers Award for your consistent responses in the 2nd featured article candidacy of Wesley Clark that has made the article quality grow in leaps and bounds! Staxringold talkcontribs 00:17, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Wiki-stripe1.svg Military history service award
For tagging and assessing 250 articles in Tag & Assess 2007, by order of the coordinators I hereby present you with this Military history WikiProject Service Award. --ROGER DAVIES talk 10:58, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

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For tagging and assessing 500 articles in Tag & Assess 2007, by order of the coordinators I hereby present you with this Military history WikiProject Service Award. --ROGER DAVIES talk 10:58, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

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User:Askari Mark is hereby awarded the Armenian Barnstar of National Merit for all the work he has done to improve the coverage of Armenian Air Force article. Keep up the great work!
this WikiAward was given to Askari Mark by VartanM (talk) 03:14, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

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For diligently improving Fighter aircraft for the W0.7 release version of Wikipedia, please accept this Barnstar of Diligence. --ROGER DAVIES talk 12:32, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

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By order of the coordinators, for your help with the WikiProject's Peer and A-Class reviews April to June 2009, I hereby award you this Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award.  Roger Davies talk 12:20, 5 July 2009 (UTC)

Keep track of upcoming reviews. Just copy and paste {{WPMILHIST Review alerts}} to your user space

I award you the Aviation Barnstar in recognition of your knowledgeable contribution to aviation articles. -Bzuk


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  • Excessive use of CAPITALS – ??
  • Abusive toward other editors – ??
  • Crusading on a single issue – ??
  • Cites using external links – ??


Three out of four “checked”: Strong cause for suspicion.
Four out of four “checked”: No doubt left.

(Stolen from Guy, with all due appreciation.)