Marblehead was assigned to the Asiatic Fleet from early 1938 until early 1942. After the Pacific War began in Dec 1941, Marblehead operated in the Netherlands East Indies as part of a greatly outnumbered Allied naval force. On 24 Jan 1942 she covered the Battle of Balikpapan, in which U.S. destroyers made a successful attack on Japanese off Borneo. While in the Java Sea on 4 Feb, the Marblehead was hit and near-missed by several enemy bombs.
Messerschmitt Me-209 v1. Flown by Flugkapitan Fritz Wendel, the Me-209 was the world's fastest piston-engined aircraft, and holder of the absolute speed record until 1969. On April 26, 1939, the Me-209 achieved an absolute speed of 469.22 mph using a Daimler-Benz liquid-cooled ARJ 12-cylinder engine capable of producing 2,300 hp for short bursts. Some pieces of the Me-209 v1 still exist in the Polish Air Museum at Krakow.
The 1st Spirit of America. This car used a G.E. J47 jet engine from an F-86 Sabre making Craig Breedlove the 1st man to average 400mph setting a Land Speed Record on September 5, 1963. The car is currently on display at Chicago's Museum Of Science And Industry.