Apache Helicopter Pilots

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Apache pilots fly the most demanding helicopter in the world, The Apache is so complex to operate it is known as "Riding the Dragon." Only three percent of army helicopter pilots qualify to fly this incredible machine. In this book, we meet the men and women who take the Apache helicopter into battle.

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Overview

Apache pilots fly the most demanding helicopter in the world, The Apache is so complex to operate it is known as "Riding the Dragon." Only three percent of army helicopter pilots qualify to fly this incredible machine. In this book, we meet the men and women who take the Apache helicopter into battle.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Teachers and librarians may be surprised to find this "World's Most Dangerous Jobs" series coming from Crabtree, a publisher known for its high-quality books (many about world cultures) for young readers. Author Loveless, a journalist and photographer specializing in defense-related subjects, is fascinated by the culture of violence and military hardware. This book offers information about training and combat missions of American and British pilots flying the extremely complex Apache and Longbow helicopters. Much of the information is related through quotations from pilots in the detached manner of someone just doing a job. "Sometimes in Afghanistan the Taliban forces are just meters from our troops . . . . It's a matter of life and death for the guys on the ground, so the Forward Air Controller will call in rockets as close as 50 meters to his own position . . . . . The Apache gunner will ask the FAC for his initials. If anything goes wrong, it's the FAC's responsibility, not the Apache's crew's." A majority of the images come from the Department of Defense (though it's not specified whose); recommended Internet sites turn out to be mostly military recruiting websites. Apparently aimed at nine- to twelve-year-olds, the content seems inappropriate for this age group—or even for older students. Adults need to check this series carefully to decide if the values, expressed and implied, are compatible with their community's and whether they choose to spend limited resources on furthering military recruiting. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—These titles contain just enough information to impress upon readers the risks involved in these occupations. Appropriate vocabulary is used to describe some of the basic duties and the dangers encountered by individuals at work in these fields. The main text is printed in black while lengthy quotations by pilots and EODs (Explosive Ordnance Disposal engineers) are printed in white. (The identities of those quoted have been changed for their protection since most are in currently active military situations.) The quotations are somewhat difficult to read because of the lack of contrast. High-quality color photos, most of them furnished by the Department of Defense, vary from half to full page. Informative captions are printed in a contrasting color on the photo. A light yellow bar containing additional information is sometimes superimposed at the top or bottom of the full-page photos. These are among the best titles of this genre to come along since Keith Greenberg's "Risky Business" series (Gale) in the mid '90s. They are sure to be popular.—Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778751120
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: The World's Most Dangerous Jobs
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Riding the Dragon 4

The Dangers 6

The AH-64 Apache 8

The Longbow Apache 10

Training 12

The Crew 14

Flying the Apache 16

Pilot's Eye 18

The Forward Air Controller 20

View from the Ground 22

A Pilot's Life 24

Fighting the Apache 26

The Battle of Donkey Island 28

It's a Fact! 30

Glossary 31

Index 32

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