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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United States Marine Corps uses the Super Cobra to support Marines and take out enemy vehicles. Loaded with missiles, guns, and rockets, the Super Cobra is a very efficient force on the battlefield. Readers will explore the history of the Super Cobra and how this attack helicopter helps the Marine Corps complete missions.
Named after two soldiers who won the Medal of Honor, the Stryker is an armored combat vehicle that serves many roles in the United States Army. Strykers can carry troops, guns, and missiles. They can also work as ambulances, fire trucks, and reconnaissance vehicles. Discover why the Stryker is going to be a mainstay in the Army for many years.
The Sea Dragon is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military. It can transport troops and haul cargo. It is also used to detect and blow up mines in dangerous waters. Read about the history of the Sea Dragon, the tools it uses to detect mines, and its role in keeping our waters safe.
Initially developed to provide close air support for ground vehicles and troops, the A-10 has become an extremely valuable tool for the United States Air Force. Students will discover its history, technology, and role in the Air Force today.
The Apache Helicopter is one of the most versatile vehicles in the military. Its powerful weaponry and maneuverability make it a formidable foe on the battlefield. Young readers will explore the technology that makes the Apache ideal for fighting on the front line.
Military helicopters perform a variety of missions for armed forces around the world. Some of these helicopters are capable of speeds approaching 200 miles per hour! Readers will discover the history, technology, and future of the world's fastest military helicopters.
This exciting graphic novel recounts three historic battles in the Pacific Ocean during World War II: torpedo run, the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942, focusing on the experiences of a sailor on board a U.S. aircraft carrier during this pivotal battle; kamikaze attack! Leyte Gulf, November 27, 1944; capturing Mount Suribachi the Battle of Iwo Jima, February 19, 1945, what the U.S. marines endured in order to raise the famous flag.
This exciting graphic novel recounts three historic air and land battles in African and Mediterranean countries during World War II: the first airborne invasion, the Battle of Crete, May 20, 1941; fighting tanker, the Battle of El Alamein between British and German troops in the Egyptian desert, October 30, 1942; and Christmas under combat, Ortonoa, the Italian Campaign by allied forces, December 22, 1943.
This exciting graphic novel recounts three historic land and air battles in Russia and Germany during World War II: a lucky escape, the Battle of Stalingrad between German and Russian troops, November 22, 1942; Pilot Down! the Wehrmacht retreat through Ukraine, March 20, 1944; and Courage Under Fire, the Red Army advance to Romania, July 14, 1944.
This exciting graphic novel recounts three fascinating stories of covert, or secret, operations during World War II: Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcik, Operation Anthropoid, May 1942; the plan to eliminate German SS leader Reinhard Heydrich, the chief planner of the Jewish genocide by the Nazis and also known as the Butcher of Prague, Benjamin Cowburn, S.O.E. (U.K. Special Operations Executive) Operation Tinker, April 1943; and how a British operative led a team of saboteurs to blow up trains Ren Joyeuse, O.S.S. (U.S. Office of Strategic Services) Plan, Sussex, August 1944. OSS PlanThe story of sabotage in support of the D-Day invasion
This exciting graphic novel recounts three historic sea battles in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II: the fates of U-100 and U-99, the Atlantic Wolf Pack, March 16, 1941; the hunt for the Bismarck, May 26, 1941; and the massacre of Convoy P.Q. 17, the Archangel Run, July 2, 1942.
A look at potential future developments in warfare, including advancements in robot technology, as well as satellite-guided bombs and other technologies that are currently considered state-of-the-art.