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26 Apr 1939 China Germany
  • German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt captured the world air speed record with a specially prepared Me 209 (later named Me 109R by Nazi propaganda agents) aircraft. The aircraft reached a speed of 469.22 miles per hour, just beating the record set by the Heinkel He H00-V8. ww2dbase [AC, CPC]
United States
  • The US Army Air Corps placed an order for 524 P-40 fighters; it was the largest contract to date at the value of US$13,000,000. ww2dbase [P-40 Warhawk | CPC]

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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935

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