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||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 Jupiterís 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
Jupiterís 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.
|Technovelgy from The Invisible Raiders,
by Ed Earl Repp.
Published by Air Wonder Stories in 1929
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