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Langley

Carrier Langley in Baltimore. From a duploprint in an aviation issue of the French illustrated newsmagazine L'illustration, December 1924. No further information on the ship given.

"It's that damn'd mast in the middle of the ship,- it really shouldn't have been there!"

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Surprising no Info, her pennant no was CV1 - the first USN carrier!

Converted from the collier Jupiter 1920-2 her nick-name was the 'old covered wagon' In my view ships only get a nick-name if they are well liked or totally c..p.

she stayed in commision until 1936 when work commenced to turn her into a sea-plane carried and she was re-numvered AV3.
She was in the far east when Japan attacked the US and maintained seaplane patrols and transport of planes as needed.

on 27 February 1942 While carrying Army fighters to the Netherlands East Indies Langley was attacked by Japanese aircraft. Hit by several bombs and disabled, she was scuttled by her escorting destroyers.

Displacement: 13,990 tons normal 15,150 tons full load

Length 542' 2" Beam 65' 6" Draft 22'
Armour: None
Power plant: Turbo-electric drive / twin screw 6,500 HP Speed: 15.5 knots
Bunkers not known

gun battery 4 single 5" C51 gun mounts ( below flight deck so probably only surface defence)
Aircraft: 34
Aviation facilities: I elevator with 1 catapult - later inc to 2 catapults
Crew: 468 (ship's company + air wing)

The ship was named after a Samuel Pierpoint Langley - US astronomer, physicist, and pioneer in the development of heavier-than-air craft.
 

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I would imagine that the mast and funnels are retractable. Any Idea what the aircraft are?.
 

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A rather well known ship, full length pictures of the 'Langley' may be found here:
http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-l/cv1.htm

Interesting to see the collier USS Jupiter before conversion:
http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-j/ac3.htm

She, I believe, was the first turbo-electric powered ship.

Bruce c
 

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Hi Strawberry, finding the aircraft would be some job, as the three aftermost obviously are all three of a different size, but still look very much the same as concerns shape. Two planes are mentioned in the link above provided by Carson: the Douglas DT 2 in a picture of her dated 1925, and the Vought VE 7 in a picture dated 1928.
The ship is pretty well taken care of, thanks to Misters Woodward and Carson.
(Many strange stories afloat: from collier to carrier is one.)
Stein.
 

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Plane info:
the plane at the aft end of the flight deck is an AeroMarina 39A of Aeromarine plane and Motor Company first used in the USN in 1917 for details see following links

http://www.history.navy.mil/download/train-10.pdf or
http://www.oldrhinebeck.org/collection/airplanes/Aeromarine.htm
the picture shows a 39A which may not be airworthy as it is missing a couple of minor items - mainly the starboard wings
 

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