Nugget on the Flight Deck
Patricia Newman & Aaron Zenz
Walker, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ugget on the Flight Deck
takes young readers age four and older aboard an aircraft carrier and introduces them to the life of a combat pilot.
he author works in the lingo used by the ship's crew and the men and women who pilot the
(a new aviator on his first tour of duty) is accompanied by an experienced airman who gives him a tour of the
(the aircraft carrier) which includes the
(main hanger deck), and
(main flight deck).
hen it is time to slip into a
(flight suit), do a flight check, climb in the the F/A-18F's cockpit, and prepare for the
(catapult officer) to launch the fighter plane.
fter a practice dogfight with a bogey (unidentified aircraft) and in-flight refueling, it's time to
bingo to mom
(return to carrier). When they land, the tailhook attached to the plane's tail snags the arresting wire and the 54,000 pound plane traveling 150 miles an hour comes to an abrupt, bone jarring stop in two seconds.
aron Zenz's colorful illustrations document each segment of the nugget's adventure on the ship and in the air. The special vocabulary used to tell the story is also fully defined at the bottom of each page where it appears.
fter reading this book, would-be naval aviators will be so
they'll want to impress their family and friends with their new jargon.
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