USS Langley (CV-1)


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USS Langley (CV-1)

Named after Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906), American astronomer, physicist, and pioneer in the development of heavier-than-air craft.
Built as a collier and named Jupiter (Collier # 3), she was the first surface ship propelled by electric motors.

Conversion to an aircraft carrier authorized, and design work completed, in July 1919.
Converted into the first US aircraft carrier at the Norfolk Navy Yard.
Renamed Langley, 21 April 1920. Reclassified as an aircraft carrier and redesignated CV-1.

Converted to a seaplane tender at the Mare Island Navy Yard (25 October 1936-26 February 1937). Redesignated AV-3, 21 April 1937.

Fate: Bombed by Japanese aircraft, 27 February 1942, and scuttled by her escorting destroyers, about 75 miles south of Tjilatjap, Java.

16 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

(As converted to a carrier, 1922)

Displacement: 13,990 tons standard; 15,150 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 520' x 65' 3" x 22' 1" (full load) / 158.5 x 19.9 x 6.7 meters
Dimensions (max.): 542' 2.5" x 65' 6" / 165.3 x 20 meters
Armor: None
Power plant: 3 boilers (190 psi); geared turbines and electric drive; 2 shafts; 6,500 shp
Speed: 15.5 knots
Armament: 4 single 5"/51 gun mounts
Aircraft: 34
Aviation facilities: 1 elevator; 1 catapult (second catapult added soon afterwards)
Crew: 468 (ship's company + air wing)

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