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As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth

By Lynne Rae Perkins

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
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  • Hardcover: May 2010,
    368 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2012,
    352 pages.

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The Ramphos

While journeying to find his parents, Ry took a train, a car, a plane and a boat. Four separate vehicles. But what if he could have simply taken one? What if there were such a vehicle? One that could operate on land, water and in the air?

There is! Check out the Ramphos!

Ramphos


While it looks just like something slightly crazy Del would have patch-worked together and you would skeptically (and warily) wonder if it would crash into a million pieces the minute you started the engine, the Ramphos, made in Italy, is an ingenious, amphibious flying vehicle. It looks like a hang-glider attached to a boat with retractable wheels, and can take off and land on land or water. It uses standard car gasoline or diesel fuel. It folds up simply for convenient transport, and it allows for interesting sightseeing because it can get to many different places with ease.

Take off from the water is apparently quite easy. Once you get to 30-40 knots (about ...

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