AIR: A Laboratory Flies

Some very unkind things were said about her. There she sat, sleek and new, the biggest plane in the world—on the ground. For ten weeks she sat there, on Clover Field at Santa Monica, Calif. In one of her first taxiing tests, the Douglas B-19 had chewed up her hydraulic braking system. Earlier she had broken through the macadam pavement. Some, who should have known Douglas Aircraft and the Air Corps better, said she'd never get into the air, she was too heavy.

Last week, while the wind whipped in briskly from the...

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