I’m trying to track down a book I read around 50 years ago. Can’t remember author or title. Probably early 50’s vintage. Storyline was a wealthy inventor who flies a large flying machine around the world. Powered by an energy beam from a base station in England. Machine has reception horn on its roof which at one point gets semi-blocked with debris. Not a great book but one of my first sci-fi reads.

  • Any chance this could be a somewhat distorted recollection of Hugo Gernsbeck's "Ralph 124C 41+" from 1925? I was reminded of it when reading your question, though the details don't match very well.
    – Otis
    Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 14:45
  • No I don’t think it’s that one. It was around 1965 when I read it and it was a secondhand hardback. I had the impression it was probably very early 50s.
    – nakb
    Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 17:54
  • You might check into it. There were reprints from the 1950s per ISFDB.
    – Otis
    Commented Oct 3, 2019 at 16:49
  • I read the plot summary on Wikipedia. It’s definitely not that.
    – nakb
    Commented Oct 3, 2019 at 21:23


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