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The Navy's first aircraft carrier entered service 98 years ago, but it didn't start life as a flattop

Added 12-01-20 10:14:02am EST - “The USS Langley was an aviation milestone for the Navy, but it didn't start out that way.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The Navy's first aircraft carrier entered service 98 years ago, but it didn't start life as a flattop”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Recently, the United States Navy celebrated the 98th anniversary of the commissioning of its very first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley (CV-1).

CV-1 was named after American aeronautics engineer, astronomer, aviation pioneer, bolometer, and physicist Samuel Piermont Langley (the same guy whose name is on a NASA research center, an Air Force base, a mountain, three other ships — two of which are USN ships — and a slew of schools, buildings, labs, and a unit of solar radiation measurement).

The USS Langley was converted from the Proteus-class collier USS Jupiter (AC-3), which itself was commissioned in April of 1913.

US Navy collier USS Jupiter (Collier No.3, later AC-3) at Mare Island, California, December 18, 1913. US Navy

As the Langley, she had a full-load displacement of 13,900 long tons, a length of 542 feet, beam of 65 feet, 5 inches, draft of 24 feet, and three boilers. This was also the United States Navy's first tubro-electric-powered ship. She was commanded by Cmdr. Kenneth Whiting upon commissioning.

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