“Covered Wagon” – Navy’s First Aircraft Carrier

The USS Langley off San Diego, Calif. with USS Somers in 1930

The USS Langley (CV-1) was converted from the collier USS Jupiter in 1920 and became the U.S. Navy’s first aircraft carrier upon being commissioned in March 1922. Naval aviators of the old “Covered Wagon” crafted carrier operation tactics that were essential to our victory in World War II.

Interestingly, Langley’s sister ships all disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle: USS Cyclops disappeared during World War I, and the Proteus and Nereus were lost on similar routes during World War II.

The Langley was scuttled on 27 February, 1942 after taking five hits from Japanese bombers.

Author: Chris Carter

6 thoughts on ““Covered Wagon” – Navy’s First Aircraft Carrier

  1. “Gotch” Dillon was my great-grandfather. I’d like to know a bit more about him to share with my son. He has interest in joining the Navy. Thank you

  2. To William Dillon as to your grandfather. I have found many items belonging to Admiral JJ “Jocko” Clark, and one is a beautiful photo to Clark from “Gotch” that says
    “To Jocko Clark, Commander Bombardiers, from Gotch Dillon. In dress uniform, just perfect. Send email and I will send photo.

  3. Hi William,

    My name is Peter and I work in Pensacola, FL. I recently came upon a cigar box that I believe might have been presented to your Grandfather. If you would like to email me at skillet555@aol.com to discuss this further just put in the subject line Cigars. Have a great day.

  4. My Grandfather Wallace “Gotch ” Dillon was Captain ,
    Does anybody have any stories that I can put in the family history

  5. Visit (now deceased) ‘Navy Centenarian Sailor’, 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio ‘Jay’ Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. First flew aircrewman in August 1922. Flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).


    San Diego, California

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