Part airplane and part helicopter, the V-22 Osprey hovers in the air as U.S. Marines jump behind enemy lines. Kids will learn about the V-22 Osprey's vertical take-off and landing, defensive weapons, and the dangerous missions this unique machine performs.
Predator drones use cameras and sensors to help the United States Air Force gain valuable information about the enemy. They can also be used for strategic strikes. Readers will find out how predator drones work, what kinds of missions they are sent out to perform, and how a pilot thousands of miles away can safely control one.
Loaded with guns, torpedoes, and guided missiles, Arleigh Burke Destroyers are always ready to protect U.S. Navy warships. Young readers will learn how these destroyers use the latest technology to defend the fleet and carry out attack missions.
Soar 90,000 feet above Earth's surface in the majestic U-2 spy plane, which has been a key tool in gathering intelligence over the last 50 years. Students will learn about the history of the U-2 plane, the technology it uses, and what kind of missions this spy plane is sent out to perform.
Ticonderoga Cruisers use their advanced Aegis System to defend U.S. Navy warships. Young students will join these guided-missile cruisers in action and read about the advanced weapons and features they use to complete their missions.
The M109A6 Paladin is a large, mobile howitzer. It can fire rounds several miles to support ground forces. Readers will learn about the features that make the Paladin successful, how it performs on the battlefield, and common Paladin missions.
The MH-53J Pave Low's main mission is to pick up and deploy troops behind enemy lines. It flies low to the ground and uses advanced technology to sneak in undetected. Young learners will find out about these technologies, read about the Pave Low in action, and learn about the crew that makes dangerous Pave Low missions successful.
The largest capital ships in the world, Nimitz aircraft carriers are filled with cutting-edge technology and several kinds of planes. Students will discover the history, technology, and missions of this backbone of the United States Navy.
The M2A2 is an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) used by the United States Armed Forces. It transports, assists, and protects infantry. Students will learn about the history and technology behind this vehicle that is often on the front lines of battle.
Air Force Air Commandos provide several critical services that are key to the success of the United States Armed Forces. Students will learn about the history of the Air Commandos and the training required to execute successful missions.
When there is a search and rescue mission to be done, the HH-60 Pave Hawk gets the call. Fast and maneuverable, Pave Hawks have several tools to help them locate people in need of rescue. Students will learn about the history of the Pave Hawk and how it executes its dangerous rescue missions.
Humvees are versatile vehicles that are able to traverse almost any terrain. They are used to accomplish a variety of missions. Young readers will learn about the development and uses of the Humvee that make it a vital resource for the United States Armed Forces.
Marine Corps Force Recon units provide reconnaissance to the Armed Forces to help make missions successful. Students will learn about these elite soldiers and the training it requires to become a member of Marine Corps Force Recon.
The F-117A Nighthawk had technology so advanced for its time that it was kept secret during its first five years of service. Young learners will be fascinated with the history, weapons, and technology behind this incredible aircraft.
The United States Navy uses the Super Hornet to carry out bombing missions and to protect the fleet. Young learners will read about the Super Hornet in action, the history of the Super Hornet, and the weapons and features that make the Super Hornet an effective fighter plane.
Once the backbone of the United States Air Force, the F-15 Eagle was heavily armed for air-to-air combat. Today, newer fighters with better technology are overshadowing it. Students will find out how the weapons and technology used in the F-15 made it a great fighter for many years.
F-35 Lightning IIs are U.S. Air Force strike fighters that battle enemy aircraft to control the skies. Readers will track F-35s on active missions and study the high-tech weaponry and electronics these fighters use.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon has been one of the most successful attack fighters in the history of the United States Air Force. Young learners will read about the extraordinary performance and the assortment of weaponry of this classic fighter plane.
The EA-6B Prowler's primary mission is to provide protection for strike aircraft, ground troops, and ships by jamming enemy radar and communications. Kids will learn the tools Prowlers uses to complete missions, read about the Prowler in action, and much more.
At $2.2 billion, the B-2 is the most expensive aircraft ever built. Its payload capacity and stealth technology make it very effective in combat. Students will learn about the cutting-edge technology that makes stealth missions possible and the well-trained pilots who carry them out.
The B-52 Stratofortress has been in service for over fifty years. It is a model of consistency for long-range bombers. Readers will explore the technology behind the B-52, the weapons it carries, and the missions it is used to perform.
A Marine Expeditionary Unit is a small, quick reaction force used to immediately respond to any crisis. Readers will explore what makes up a unit, what tasks they often perform, and what tools and vehicles they use to accomplish their missions.
The United States Air Force uses B-1B Lancers as strategic bombers. A B-1B Lancer can carry over 125,000 pounds of bombs! Kids will discover the history of the Lancer, the technology behind it, and how it plays a vital role in the United States Air Force.
Harrier Jump Jets play a major role in the United States Marine Corps. Their ability to vertically take off makes them very valuable. Young readers will explore the technology behind the AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet and learn about the missions it performs.
Get close to the battlefield in one of the most heavily armed gunships in the world. The AC-130 has enough firepower to take out enemy tanks and other armored vehicles. Learn about the history of the AC-130, its weapons and features, and how it supports ground troops in their missions.