Cargo Planes (Military Experience Series: In the Air)

Cargo Planes (Military Experience Series: In the Air)

by Jim Corrigan
     
 

They are some of the largest planes in the air, and they perform amazing feats. The C-130 Hercules lands virtually anywhere, from battlefield airstrips to Arctic snowpack. Its big brother, the C-17 Globemaster, easily swallows three Stryker armored fighting vehicles. Then there is the cargo King, the C-5 Galaxy, with a hold big enough for an eight-lance bowling

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They are some of the largest planes in the air, and they perform amazing feats. The C-130 Hercules lands virtually anywhere, from battlefield airstrips to Arctic snowpack. Its big brother, the C-17 Globemaster, easily swallows three Stryker armored fighting vehicles. Then there is the cargo King, the C-5 Galaxy, with a hold big enough for an eight-lance bowling alley. America's cargo planes stand ready to carry people and equipment to any crisis, at any time, and in any place. They also fight forest fires, deliver emergency supplies, and refuel other aircraft in transit. No task seems too large for these powerful giants.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
★ 04/01/2016
Gr 6–8—Nardo has compiled another fine series in which he examines watercraft and the military men who work with them. Frogmen relates the history of the forerunners of today's U.S. Navy SEALs and SWCCs, the U.S. Navy's Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crew, and other combat divers. Strategies focuses mainly on submarines. Chapter 1 relates a little-known story about the Soviet B-59 sub that came close to detonating a nuclear missile during the Cuban missile crisis. The remainder of this text discusses deterrence through strength, conventional and ballistic missiles, and the use of subs in intelligence gathering and spying, as well as modern-day piracy, terrorism, water transport by drug cartels, and other illicit traffic. Submarines features the history and evolution of subs, including the various types and their capabilities, providing a good description of life aboard a sub, and the subs of the future, minus the classified information. The attention-grabbing first chapter of Torpedoes describes how, in March 2011, four UN-affiliated subs and two surface ships launched 221 missiles, thus reducing Muammar Gaddifi's antiaircraft, radar, and communication sites to rubble. This title also gives a good description of David Bushnell's 1776 sub. Each selection is profusely illustrated with full-page and double-page color photos supplied by the U.S. Navy. There are a few vintage black-and-whites. Perspective in these photos is excellent, highlighting the relative size of the craft as compared to the size of the men operating them. VERDICT This naval series is the best to surface in some time. Make it a first purchase.—Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599353807
Publisher:
Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Series:
Military Experience Series: In the Air
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
952,504
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 9.74(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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