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Air devils : sky racers, sky divers and stunt pilots
Hopkins, Ellen.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Logan, Iowa : Perfection Learning Corp, [2000]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 2.0 2412.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GV755 .H67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV755 .H67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Welcome to today's air racing, the most exciting and fastest motor sport on earth. The smaller planes race at Indy-car speeds. But the big boys, the unlimited racers, roar down the straightaways twice as fast. That's over 500 mph. All the while, they fight wind, air currents, and gravity. Winning takes speed, skill, and spunk. There's more. The all-American show starts with the national anthem. But you have to look way up to find the flag. It's carried by a skydiving team, leaving trails of red, white, and blue smoke. Between races, a different breed of flier takes to the air. In biplanes, big planes, or jets, these aerial acrobats flip, dive and loop, fly upside down, and race dragsters. They are stunt pilots, sky divers, and sky racers. What a party! So climb aboard. Fly with the air devils, past and present. Take a ride you'll never forget. Book jacket.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Don't let the title fool you: this is about more than "extreme" flight-related sports. It's a history of flight, emphasizing the part played by the urge to compete. With a tip of the hat to Leonardo da Vinci's sketches, Hopkins discusses everything from balloons, early airplanes, and barnstormers to military planes and airplane racing. Famous fliers appear in a less-familiar competitive guise, and women pilots and daredevils receive ample attention. Opening and closing with an exciting description of modern-day pylon races, the book emphasizes the thrill of flight while never minimizing its dangers. The layout, with short paragraphs and plenty of white space, is uncluttered, even with the many attractive, informative photographs. Some pictures take background for granted: a picture of the Hindenburg, for instance, is not captioned. The language isn't elegant, but it's easy to read, contemporary, and not condescending, making the book a good choice for high-school "emergent readers." Neither a bibliography nor a list of Internet sites is included. --Catherine Andronik

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Air Devilsp. 4
Chapter 1. Racing for the Skyp. 6
Chapter 2. Soaring to New Heightsp. 9
Chapter 3. Wings of Silkp. 15
Chapter 4. Canvas, Wire, and Woodp. 20
Chapter 5. Flying Circusesp. 29
Chapter 6. Derbies and Pylonsp. 36
Chapter 7. War Birds and Dogfightsp. 46
Chapter 8. Sky Racersp. 53
Glossaryp. 59
Indexp. 63