Huge single 8-foot diameter tire on the XB-19 bomber is seen rolling over airfield ramp at the Douglas aircraft company Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. Douglas engineers walk along beside the B-19 aircraft as it is being towed. U.S. Army Air Forces test pilot, Major Stanley M. Umstead, stands with a Douglas Aircraft Company executive, in front of the XB-19 wheel. A mechanic is seen on an engine nacelle, looking down over the propeller.The XB-19 is towed into position. View of the empennage, with rudder slightly turned. The airfield is crowded with Douglas company employees out to watch the aircraft's first flight. Baggage being loaded on the aircraft. Engines start and the XB-19 taxis and takes off and does not raise its landing gear. The XB-19 in flight,with landing gear still extended, seen from a chase airplane. It departs the coastline. View from beneath the XB-19 as it cruises, at low speed. The XB-19 coming in for a landing at March field, Riverside, California. The pilot rounds out high and porpoises a bit until touching down on main wheels, and slowly lowering the plane onto its nose wheel. The XB-19 rolls out on the runway showing full flaps. A crowd has turned out to watch the aircraft's arrival.Newsmen and photographers gather as the crew stand on the ramp. Major Umstead, with cigar in his mouth, is interviewed.
Douglas Aircraft Engineers donning special helmets, shoes and cold weather clothing before entering Low Temperature Laboratory in Santa Monica, California. The temperature in the chamber is below 60 degrees. Engineers enter the cold chamber to test aircraft equipment. They check the equipment inside the cold chambers.
33rd Annual Academy Awards banner on Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. A car arrives at the auditorium. Hollywood stars arrive. People sitting in the auditorium. Eva Morris announces name of best actor in a supporting role. Peter Ustinov comes to the stage and takes the award. Shirley Jones for best actress in a supporting role, Elizabeth Taylor for actress in a leading role and Burt Lancaster for best actor in a leading role are also awarded. They come on stage to receive the award amidst long applause. People in auditorium clap and cheer.
Donald Douglas, Edsel Ford and Charles E. Sorensan examining aircraft A-20A in Santa Monica plant.
They inspect the nose section of the aircraft and look at a plane taxiing out
View of crowd around aircraft Douglas B-19. B-19's wheel crushes the pavement and men use a big board to let the wheel out. B-19 taxiing out at Santa Monica.
Views of stratosphere cold box at Douglas Plant, Santa Monica. Shows two men being put on high altitude suits and entering special pressure chamber to test effect of high altitude and temperature on men and equipment. Men inside the chamber and coming out after testing.