Air Devils: Sky Racers, Sky Divers, and Stunt Pilots

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Welcome to today's air racing, the most exciting and fastest motor sport on earth. The smaller planes race at Indy-car speeds. But the big boys, the unlimited racers, roar down the straightaways twice as fast. That's over 500 mph. All the while, they fight wind, air currents, and gravity. Winning takes speed, skill, and spunk. There's more. The all-American show starts with the national anthem. But you have to look way up to find the flag. It's carried by a skydiving team, leaving trails of red, white, and blue ...
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Overview

Welcome to today's air racing, the most exciting and fastest motor sport on earth. The smaller planes race at Indy-car speeds. But the big boys, the unlimited racers, roar down the straightaways twice as fast. That's over 500 mph. All the while, they fight wind, air currents, and gravity. Winning takes speed, skill, and spunk. There's more. The all-American show starts with the national anthem. But you have to look way up to find the flag. It's carried by a skydiving team, leaving trails of red, white, and blue smoke. Between races, a different breed of flier takes to the air. In biplanes, big planes, or jets, these aerial acrobats flip, dive and loop, fly upside down, and race dragsters. They are stunt pilots, sky divers, and sky racers. What a party! So climb aboard. Fly with the air devils, past and present. Take a ride you'll never forget.
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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Looking for a well-written book on an interesting subject for reluctant readers? This is a good possibility. A simple science experiment that explains the theory of hot air balloons creates a foundation for what is to come as the book takes the reader through the fascinating history of flight. The contents are up-to-date for the new century with the latest balloon flight around the world. The text is high interest/low vocabulary, illustrated with old b/w and newer color photos. The subject matter is well documented, with an excellent glossary and index. The introduction leads the reader to expect that he/she will learn about the daredevils who tour the country in air shows. It is necessary to give background, but the title is misleading: the emphasis is not on the air shows but on the history of flight. This is a well-written, well-documented and informative book and should be added to the nonfiction collection. However, I feel that the publisher should have made the title clearer. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2000, Perfection Learning, 64p, 23cm, illus, index, $8.95. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Deane A. Beverly; Reading Teacher (retired), Pawcatuck, CT, May 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780793088
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Cover-to-Cover Books Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,407,408
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Air Devils 4
Chapter 1. Racing for the Sky 6
Chapter 2. Soaring to New Heights 9
Chapter 3. Wings of Silk 15
Chapter 4. Canvas, Wire, and Wood 20
Chapter 5. Flying Circuses 29
Chapter 6. Derbies and Pylons 36
Chapter 7. War Birds and Dogfights 46
Chapter 8. Sky Racers 53
Glossary 59
Index 63
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