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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are a hot topic in modern warfare, especially because of their use in Afghanistan and the Middle East. This book, part of the "Military Aircraft" series, describes what they are and the history of their development in factual, non-judgmental terms. It points out the differences and capabilities of five of the most well-known UAVs: the Predator, the Reaper, the Global Hawk, the Fire Scout, and the Raven. The specifications (including length, wingspan, weight, cruising speed, range, and ceiling) make it easy for readers to contrast and compare the five aircrafts. In a section entitled, "The Future," the book notes that new UAV models are being tested every year, and that they may one day replace fighter aircrafts. At the back of the book are a glossary and an index. The book is associated with a web site, which provides links to other sites about military aircraft. The photographs that illustrate this book are excellent; some are from the U.S. Air Force and some are from Northrop Grumman. Sidebars called "Xtreme Facts," which contain additional information about UAVs, are provided throughout. This is an excellent reference book about one type of military aircraft, and readers who are interested in the subject will probably want to collect the entire series. Although the book does not delve into the ethical implications of how drones are changing modern warfare, adults could use this book as a tool to start such a discussion. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617832710
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Series: Xtreme Military Aircraft Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,018,494
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

UAVs 4

History 10

Predator 12

Reaper 16

Global Hawk 20

Fire Scout 24

Raven 26

The Future 28

Glossary 30

Index 32

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