LESSON: The "Doolittle Raid" and factors effecting takeoff distance.
B-25 on its way to Japan, April 18, 1942.
The "Doolittle Raid" is the most famous World War II use of a B-25. In this lesson we learn about that mission and investigate how a bomber with a nominal takeoff length of over 1000 feet managed to fly from an aircraft carrier, without a catapult, in less than 500 feet.
Ask what a newsreel was. This will set the time reference to World War II.
Ask students to watch for the answers to these questions:
What was the objective of the mission? How many B-25s were used?
Bloom's Taxonomy E: Assess mission risks. Effect of taking off without flaps. Ap: Use of flaps to decrease takeoff roll. U: Problems and benefits of mission. R: Mission objective, number of planes, distances.
Colorado academic standards Social Studies / History: "evaluate primary and secondary sources" Social Studies / Geography: "variables that influence the interaction of people" Math: Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world ... problems. Physical Science: justify ... prediction regarding ... force pairs on the motion of ... objects