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.
Enduro motorcycles are used in races where the rider needs to keep a steady pace through many checkpoints, often over very rough terrain. Students will find out how the construction and technology of an enduro motorcycle helps it complete these races.
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.
Pulleys are simple machines used to lift and move loads. Builders use pulley systems to lift tools or materials. Elevators use pulleys to move up and down. Kids will learn how pulleys make work easier and how they are often part of complex machines. Blastoff! Series
Levers are simple machines that make work easier. There are three different classes of levers. Students will learn what levers are, how the classes of levers differ, and how the construction of levers makes work easier. Blastoff! Series
Screws are simple machines used for many different jobs. The concept of a screw is used in snow blowers, drills, and presses. Kids will learn how screws work and how they are used in complex machines. Blastoff! Series
Wedges are simple machines used to split, lift, or hold an object in place. Children will discover how wedges perform jobs for people and how they make everyday life easier. Blastoff! Series
Ramps are simple machines used for work and play. Workers use them for easy loading and unloading. Skateboarders use them to do tricks. Readers will learn how ramps make work easier and how they are used in everyday life. Blastoff! Series
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.
We use wheels and axles several times every day. Young readers will learn how a wheel and axle work together, how they make work easier, and how they are used in larger, complex machines. Blastoff! Series
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.
The fastest salt flat racers can reach speeds over 750 miles per hour! Students will learn about the salt flats, the history of salt flat racing, and the technology behind some of the fastest land vehicles on Earth.
Custom design is the most important aspect of a chopper. The stretched out look allows for many cool styles. Students will explore the history of choppers, the features that make them unique, and how they are made.
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.
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.
A special operations force of the Army, Delta Force performs many important missions during wartime and peacetime. Young readers will learn why this special force remains top secret, what kinds of missions Deltas go on, and what it is like to be a Delta.