BIGGEST BOMBER UNDERGOES TESTS The entire world awaits the take-off of the famed Douglas B-19 bomber, largest to date. The 70-ton aerial dreadnaught, which will be able to carry 28 tons of bombs to Europe and back, undergoes "taxi" tests in Santa Monica, California in preparation for its first flight.
POTS AND PANS FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE Uncle Sam opens a "sample" campaign to collect old aluminum pots and pans for defense purposes. Housewives contribute two tons in Richmond, VA alone - enough for a pursuit plane.
NAVY AIR BASE COMMISSIONED High Navy and city officials commission the Floyd Bennett Field air base as a Naval Air Station, as squadrons of warplanes roar overhead. Mayor LaGuardia transfers title to Commander Don Smith.
ARMY ENGINEERS BRIDGE RIVER Mechanized units, cavalry and squads of the 8th Engineers cross the Rio Grande "under fire" and establish a bridge-head after the suicide squads bridge the stream with pontoons.
CRACK-UPS MAR INDY 500 SPEEDWAY CLASSIC Speed, thrills and crack-ups mark this year's Indianapolis 500 Speedway classic. 160,000 thrilled spectators witness the race, won by Mauri Rose of Indianapolis teamed with Floyd Davis of Illinois. One driver is severely hurt in one of several bad accidents.
NEW U.S. FREIGHTER LAUNCHED Another cargo vessel for our expanding merchant marine slides down the ways. It's a "side-ways" launching for the S.S. American Packet, after a christening by Mrs. Angelo Rossi.
NATION SALUTES WAR VETERANS IN NEW YORK America pauses in the midst of preparing for defense and pays tribute to its veterans. Thousands line Riverside Drive in New York City on Memorial Day to cheer the thinning ranks of Civil War Vets, as well as heroes of later wars.
QUINTUPLETS CELEBRATE 7TH BIRTHDAY The "Famous Five" quintuplets, of North Bay, Ontario, observe their seventh birthday by attending special church services, and by donating an ambulance to the Red Cross. And of course, a cake.
BIG U.S. LINER JOINS THE NAVY Another passenger liner goes into service with the fleet. The S.S. America, largest U.S. liner, will be the fastest troop transport in the world. A pleasure cruise is cut short to speed ship's induction. Passengers disembark in New York City.
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