Pilotless Planes

Pilotless Planes

by Carla Mooney
     
 

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Every great invention begins with a great idea! Read all the books in this series and learn about the history and impact of some of the most fascinating innovations and inventions of our time. Explore the idea's early stages of development, problems encountered along the way, and how each great idea has influenced our lives.

Airplanes have long been used to spy

Overview

Every great invention begins with a great idea! Read all the books in this series and learn about the history and impact of some of the most fascinating innovations and inventions of our time. Explore the idea's early stages of development, problems encountered along the way, and how each great idea has influenced our lives.

Airplanes have long been used to spy and gather critical information. Many times, these spy missions were extremely dangerous for pilots. A new type of plane, however, is making life safer for pilots. Pilotless planes such as the Predator fly without a human onboard. With their potential to impact and improve many areas of life, pilotless planes have become one of the fastest-growing areas of aviation.

Did You Know?

Read Pilotless Planes to learn these interesting facts and more about the Predator and other drones:

In the Civil War hot air balloons were used for observing the enemy.

The first pilotless plane was so noisy, it sounded like a flying lawnmower.

It takes 55 people on the ground to fly and operate a Predator.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
The pilotless plane appeared in World War II where they were used for target practice. As time goes by, they now equip them with actual explosive materials and computerized surveillance paraphernalia to spy on the enemy. Since it does not require a human pilot or someone close to operate it, a pilotless plane like the Predator can go into dangerous enemy territory and protect the troops or take out the adversaries. They even have the ability to watch a target for up to 24 hours before they attack. It takes rolls of black carbon or graphite fiber that is filled with epoxy resin to create the light weight materials and then several more steps occur before they attach the wings and do the final painting. They only have to take the plane apart into six pieces and load them into a crate to transport it anywhere. The use of these planes continues to expand and seems to be limitless. Look for the light bulbs and question mark sections for cool additional facts and bold-faced text words can be found in the glossary in the back of the book. The original topic of this book makes it a must read for young future pilot especially if they are interested in the Military or Engineering. The photographs show the plane, but diagrams could have given a better visual of how this plane works and even target their prey. Any library or home with impressionable scientific minds will enjoy this book. This book is part of the "A Great Idea" series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599533810
Publisher:
Norwood House Press
Publication date:
08/28/2010
Series:
Norwood House Great Idea Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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