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“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.