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"[Science fiction is] an integration of the mood and attitude of science (the objective universe) with the fears and hopes that spring from the unconscious."
- Gregory Benford

Radson Skimmer  
  A small vehicle designed for a small number of passengers; capable of low, slow flight.  

I stood and drew her to her feet as it buzzed in low - a Radson skimmer: a twenty-foot cockleshell of reflection and transparency; flat-bottomed, blunt-nosed.
From This Immortal, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Ace Science Fiction in 1966
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The Radson skimmer was capable of long voyages (like crossing the Mediterranean). It was a practical VTOL craft as well:

We set down outside the city. There's no real airport. We just dropped all six Skimmers down in an empty field we used as one...

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