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The B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber

USAF_B-2_Spirit The B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, by Ole Steen Hansen, is one in a series of nonfiction books about military aircraft, including the A-10 Thunderbolt and the AH-64 Apache Helicopter.

Despite its short length (32 pages), B-2 is not a book for beginning readers; it's more aimed, so to speak, at proficient readers who like quick hits of information. Children familiar with the popular DK Eyewitness books may recognize a similar design here—white backgrounds, black lines framing the page layout, plenty of color photos, captions conveying additional material. (A single B-2 costs more than a billion dollars to make.)

Hansen's no-nonsense prose presents the B-2 as the warplane it is. The "Future" section says, "...it is impossible to predict what enemies the United States will have to face in the future. The B-2 is the only bomber that can hide from the enemy so well that it can't be shot down." 6- to 10-year-old info-seekers will find out about the mechanics of avoiding radar detection, air-to-air refueling, and, of course, dropping bombs.

Note: Both the U.S. Air Force and the Wikimedia Commons web sites feature many public-domain B-2 photographs, some of which you'll see in the Capstone book.

The B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
by Ole Steen Hansen
Capstone Press, 2006

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