Aeronautics: Gee-Bee

Along the highway rolls a grotesque vehicle like an automobile designer's bad dream. It looks like a coupe but has only three wheels, one centred in front. Its tail sticks out in a long bustle. The roof line of the coupe extends upward and rearward in curves like the back and neckline of a rearing seal. The "seal's" nose is the axis of a large propeller, shielded by a mesh guard.

Within the coupe the driver steps on his gas throttle; the propeller whirls noisily and the queer craft scoots along the road. ... At...

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