Suppose they miscalculated the density of our atmosphere and found they were streaking down too fast. They put on the brakes, so to speak, to avoid a crash. The brakes are jets, or countergrav, or what have you, and they stop.
I’ll drop one of them with your main force, then use the counter-grav to swing the other north.
The APCs were smaller and more readily concealable than assault shuttles, but they were also much slower. Even on counter-grav, they were uncompromisingly subsonic, capable of only about five hundred miles per hour, and Merlin preferred to have a supersonic dash capability in hand, just in case.
any evidence 1955
Richard Wilson, "The Girls from Planet 5"
Suggested by Michael R N Dolbear. We would like to see cites of any date from other sources.
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