AIR: B-19

Finally, one day last week, the B-19 was ready to roll. In Douglas Aircraft Co.'s huge hangar alongside the field at Santa Monica, Calif., workmen had taken down the curtain behind which they had riveted and shaped her body these past three years. The doors rumbled open. Her enormous wings outstretched, the B-19 was shoved to the door, carefully rolled out.

What the crowd of onlookers saw was the biggest airplane ever built—not a flying super-powered trunk lid like the late Russian Maxim Gorky, with engine piled on engine to make up for...

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