New featured picture, the V-22 Osprey in flight over New Mexico; this $27bn project has created a tilt-rotor aircraft that is capable of advanced vertical and horizontal movements.
This week's "Features and admins" covers Sunday 1 May – Saturday 7 May
The Signpost welcomes Catfish Jim and the soapdish (nom) as our newest admin. He is primarily a content editor, focusing on subjects relating to Scottish history and geography, and is a member of WikiProject Scotland. He says that he has fallen into an informal anti-vandalism role, and intends to work more in this area as an admin.
If The Signpost had an award for the most imaginative username, Jim would be a very strong candidate.
From the new featured article: SMS Bayern down by the stern and sinking at Scapa Flow, 1919
From the new featured article on WWII German commander Ernst Lindemann, who inspects the crew on the Bismarck, 24 August 1940
Senate House, home to the University of London's administration offices and library. This example of the 1930s monumental style was designed by Charles Holden, the subject of a new featured article.
After two weeks off from promotions, featured articles has caught up, with an impressive 19 promotions:
Calabozos (nom), a volcano in the Southern Volcanic Zone, one of the three distinct volcanic belts of South America, lies in an extremely remote area of poorly glaciated mountains. (Nominated by Ceranthor)
Abdul Karim (the Munshi) (nom), an Indian Muslim who became a secretary to Queen Victoria, and influenced her views on India. Described variously as "exemplary and excellent", and "thoroughly stupid and uneducated". (Wehwalt and DrKiernan)
SS Edmund Fitzgerald (nom), subject of a popular song, this 222-metre (728 ft) ship sank in a huge storm with 11-metre waves on a Canadian lake, with all hands lost; the cause remains a mystery. (North8000)
George Headley (nom), a brilliant but controversial West Indian cricketer, mainly in the years before the Second World War. (Sarastro1)
Pigeon photography (nom), an aerial photography technique invented in 1907: it involved a homing pigeon that would be fitted with an aluminum breast harness to which a lightweight time-delayed miniature camera could be attached. A version of this article has been in the German and Czech Wikipedias, and has now been brought to English-speakers by the nominator, Hans Adler.
Charles Holden (nom), an early modernist architect who left a lasting architectural legacy in London. His largest buildings remain prominent examples of the 1930s monumental style, but he is probably best known for and had the longest lasting influence with his stations for London Transport. (DavidCane) picture at right
Peace dollar (nom), the fourth in what will eventually be a ten-article topic about the Great Redesign of US coinage from 1907 to 1921. (Wehwalt)
Ernst Lindemann (nom), a German naval captain and the only commander of the battleship Bismarck during its eight months of service in World War II. (MisterBee1966) picture at right
Macrotarsomys petteri (nom), a rat that has had a dramatic shrinking in its range on the island of Madagascar, possibly due to climate change and the direct impact of human activity. (Ucucha)
SMS Bayern (1915) (nom), launched during World War I, was the lead ship of the Bayern class of battleships in the German Imperial Navy. (Parsecboy) picture at right
USS New Ironsides (nom), a wooden-hulled broadside ironclad built for the US Navy during the American Civil War. The ship spent most of her career blockading the Confederate ports of Charleston, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina in 1863–65. (Sturmvogel 66)
Zoo TV Tour (nom), one of the most well-covered and documented tours in popular music; it was a key part of U2's reinvention in the 1990s, during one of its peaks in commercial popularity. (Y2kcrazyjoker4)
New featured picture: a clear representation of the structure of the DNA double helix
The sheet music cover for a well-known piano piece by American rag composer Zez Confrey (1895–1971); his Kitten on the keys is a new featured sound.
Six images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
DNA structure (nom; related article), the DNA double helix, including several key features relevant for biology: elemental content, the base pairing scheme, and the position of the minor and major grooves. (Created by User:Zephyris.) picture at right
Paul Simonon (nom; related article), an English musician, born 1955, best-known as the bass guitarist for punk rock band The Clash. (Created by Rama.)
V-22 Osprey (nom; related article), an American multi-mission, tilt-rotor aircraft with both a vertical take-off and landing, and short take-off and landing capabilities. (Created by Markus Maier of the US Airforce.) picture at top