B2 Stealth Bomber DVD: Reviews and Awards
|The B-2 Stealth Bomber DVD receives the Bronze Telly Award|
The B-2 Stealth Bomber was awarded the Bronze Telly Award for being named a finalist in the History/Biography category.
"Highly Recommended. Editor's Choice." --Video Librarian
Some 100 years ago, the rickety contraption that lumbered into the sky off the windy sands of Kitty Hawk, NC might have caused some observers to imagine air travel over the next century, but no one could have predicted something like the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Although few Americans have been fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the sleek "flying wing" airborne, the B-2 has played a key role in both wars with Iraq.
Allowed unprecedented access to the home station of the B-2 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, the producers of The B-2 Stealth Bomber present a close-up, detailed look at the B-2 (amazingly conceived in the 1940s, but impossible to fly until the 1990s), explains the concept of "stealth technology," and correlates the application of this technology with the B-2's range, weapons' load, defenses, etc.
Viewers will be impressed at how air travel has evolved from the Wright Brothers to Buck Rogers in a mere century. The plentiful DVD extras include a featurette on B-2 pilot training, a 3-D interactive tour of the plane, and computer desktop wallpapers. Highly Recommended. Editor's Choice.
"...confidently recommended..." --Midwest Book Review
Produced in cooperation with the 509th Bomber Wing, The B-2 Stealth Bomber provides the viewer with unprecedented access to the world's most sophisticated military aircraft.
Expertly presented is the story of this warplane's development which drew upon more than a hundred years worth of technological development and profited from hard-earned lessons from the B-17, B-52, SR-71, and F-117 military aircraft which preceeded it. Also detailed are the qualities of the B-2 design which allows it to avoid detection by radar, sight, sound, and heat.
This confidently recommended, 56 minute, full color DVD is enhanced with an interactive 3D tour of the B-2, desktop wallpapers for the computer, a complete B-2 slideshow, and a "How to Become a B-2 Pilot" featurette.
"The producers of this exceptionally complete program worked in conjunction with governmental agencies to introduce what might be the deadliest weapon the world has known." --Dwain Thomas, Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL, School Library Journal
The B-2 Stealth bomber came out of wraps in the first Gulf War and has remained the world's most technologically advanced aircraft. The producers of this exceptionally complete program worked in conjunction with governmental agencies to introduce what might be the deadliest weapon the world has known.
Remarkably clear graphics are utilized to explain the components, design, weaponry, and operation of this warbird along with interviews with her pilots and a rich variety of archival video of the history of bomber aircraft from World War I to the present.
The concept of "stealth" is clearly explained along with a superb presentation on the basic principles of flight and how this flying-wing concept developed from its initial abstraction in the 1940s.
High school students will have no difficulty with any of the descriptions included in this well-paced presentation. The supplemental materials include a 3-D tour of the aircraft, a slide show of the plane in flight situations, a tour of its home base in Missouri, a quiz, as well as a segment which is a blatant recruitment message for the Air Force's pilot program.
This title will find a welcome audience in almost any media collection.