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"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
- Rudy Rucker

Air-Freighter Cargo Plane  
  An enormous airplane used for transporting cargo across the country.  

What Colonel Brigham saw on the screen of his private television instrument caused his blood to leap. In formation, swiftly approaching the huge air-freighter Jupiter with its valuable cargo of ingot gold, silver and platinum shipped east from the western mining regions, were twenty small triple-motored ships of the fast pursuit type. With twin screws spinning at high velocity, they swung downward gradually. Like sparrows attacking an eagle, the ships, which would have been invisible to the naked eye, hovered for an instant over the broad aerofoils of the unsuspecting freighter. Suddenly as one, a number of them settled on the Jupiter’s expansive wings!


(Enormous air-freighter airplane for cargo)

The executive groaned when he beheld heavily clad figures clambering out of the planes. At the tremendous speed that the Jupiter was turning up under the thrust of her twenty-four screws whirling on the shafts of twelve powerful motors, one would think that it were impossible for an object to remain long on her streamlined aerofoil surfaces without being hurled into space. But at the great altitude in which she was flying, the rarefied air did not to any perceptible degree hinder the sky raiders from landing their craft on the Jupiter’s broad wings. Nor did the rush of air prevent the raiders themselves from walking without much difficulty across the expanse to the hand railing which formed a safe companionway on her surface.

From The Invisible Raiders, by Ed Earl Repp.
Published by Air Wonder Stories in 1929
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