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==Ground Fliers==
 
==Ground Fliers==
[[file:ground-flier.jpg|left|115px]]The '''ground fliers''' are an innovation unique to the [[Okar]]ian domed cities of the northern pole of Barsoom. They are the only form of artificial transportation used in that region and travel along the ground like the automobiles of [[Earth]]. They are light and noiseless, and their broad tires are rubber-like bags filled with the [[eighth ray]] or ray of buoyancy, just enough to give the vehicles traction for steering purposes. The back wheels are geared to the engine and assist in driving the machine, but the bulk of this operation is performed by a small propeller at the stern.
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[[file:ground-flier.jpg|left|115px]]The ground fliers are an innovation unique to the [[Okar]]ian domed cities of the northern pole of Barsoom. They are the only form of artificial transportation used in that region and travel along the ground like the automobiles of [[Earth]]. They are light and noiseless, and their broad tires are rubber-like bags filled with the [[eighth ray]] or ray of buoyancy, just enough to give the vehicles traction for steering purposes. The back wheels are geared to the engine and assist in driving the machine, but the bulk of this operation is performed by a small propeller at the stern.
   
 
The appearance of ground fliers in [[Helium]] in the novel ''[[Thuvia, Maid of Mars]]'' indicates that [[John Carter]] may have introduced the technology to the [[Red Martians]] following his adventures in Okar (detailed in ''[[The Warlord of Mars]]''). These fliers usually travel along the ground but are also capable of rising into the air in order to pass slower moving vehicles ahead of them, or at intersections where the north-south traffic has the right of way and those going east and west must rise above it.
 
The appearance of ground fliers in [[Helium]] in the novel ''[[Thuvia, Maid of Mars]]'' indicates that [[John Carter]] may have introduced the technology to the [[Red Martians]] following his adventures in Okar (detailed in ''[[The Warlord of Mars]]''). These fliers usually travel along the ground but are also capable of rising into the air in order to pass slower moving vehicles ahead of them, or at intersections where the north-south traffic has the right of way and those going east and west must rise above it.
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