Full record for skimmer n.

Definition a small aircraft designed or typically used for low altitude flight
OED requirements antedating 1949
Earliest cite W. Bade 'Lost Ulysses'
Comment Used for yachts and hydrofoils since 1844; we are looking for aircraft citations. Mike Christie submitted a 1965 cite from Roger Zelazny's " . . . And Call Me Conrad".

Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from Anne McCaffrey's 1982 novel, "Crystal Singer"; Mike Christie confirmed the cite in a 1977 reprint of the original 1974 anthology appearance. Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of Isaac Asimov's "Profession"; Mike Christie confirmed the cite in the original 1957 magazine appearance. Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of Frank Javor's "Interview"; Mike Christie confirmed the cite in the original 1963 magazine appearance. Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of Norman Spinrad's "A Thing of Beauty"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1973 first magazine appearance. Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of George R.R. Martin's "Guardians", and Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1981 first magazine appearance. Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from William Bade's "Lost Ulysses".

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Citations for skimmer n.

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1949 Astounding Sci. Fiction May 116/1 Tractors shoved the stuff into piles and skimmers mounting gravity engines carried it away.
1957 I. Asimov in Astounding Sci. Fiction July 42/2 The skimmer landed at the roof-entry of a hotel.
1963 F. A. Javor in Analog Sci. Fiction/Fact Nov. 46/1 Through it, visible above and around it in all directions, a swirling, shifting mass upon mass of human beings. Some in fliers, others on skimmers.
1965 R. Zelazny in Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Oct. 11/1, I stood and drew her to her feet as it buzzed in low—a Radson Skimmer: a twenty-foot cockleshell of reflection and transparency; flat-bottomed, blunt-nosed.
1973 N. Spinrad in Analog Sci. Fiction/Fact Jan. 70/2 A lone guard armed with a Japanese-made slicer patrolled the fence in endless circles at fifteen feet on a one-man skimmer.
1974 A. McCaffrey Prelude to Crystal Song in R. Elwood Continuum 1 (1977) 112 He ordered a private skimmer to be ready within the hour.
1981 G. R. R. Martin in Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Mag. 12 Oct. 21/2 The Guardians had twenty armed skimmers, and there were another hundred-odd skimmers and aircars in private hands. We commandeered them, armed them. We also had our airships. Skimmers and aircars are difficult and expensive to maintain here.
1986 D. Carey Battlestations! v.74 It may be as normal for them as learning to fly a skimmer is to us.
1989 J. M. Dillard Lost Years v. 116 Their parent had been killed many years before in a skimmer accident.
1993 Sci. Fiction Stud. Nov. 454 BCP is a great way to be introduced to this amazingly broad sample of expert skimmers.
1993 J. Brosnan Opoponax Invasion (1994) 40 The skimmers are low over the town and obviously carrying out a search.
2000 White Dwarf May 29/1 Despite the distinct advantage of all damaging hits only being glancing on fast moving skimmers, they should still seek cover to hide behind. Skimmers are fragile and even glances are dangerous to them.