Author’s Notes & Abbreviated Sources
Just Aircraft SuperSTOL
If you don’t believe a small Short-Take-Off-and-Landing designed plane can perform as described in the story, check out these videos. There are several STOL contests around the world every year. Distances measured in mere feet.
• Lone Star State STOL Competition
• ValdezAlaska STOL Competition
Maya versus Mayan
To English readers, Mayan may sound like the appropriate adjective to describe the artifacts of the Maya Civilization. The experts say otherwise. Unless referring specifically to the Mayan Language the appropriate adjective is always Maya. Go figure.
Transparent aluminum is not just a Star Trek fantasy. It exists!