Of Interest to the Completed “Tailhookers”

October 26th, 2006 by xformed

LANGLEY first landing 10/26/1922

Steeljaw Scribe commemorates the first arrested landing aboard ship on this day in 1922 with this post.

On October 26, 1922 LCDR Godfrey DeCourcelles Chevalier, USN made the first arrested landing aboard the USS Langley, a converted coal collier (ex-USS Jupiter) and the Navy’s first aircraft carrier, underway off Cape Henry, VA.
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I’d call this the case of “arrested development,” but, it opened an entirely new era in warfare. Certainly, those present on the deck of the USS LANGLEY that day probably could not envison aircraft that could carry more ordnance weight than the gross weight of the aircraft landing and takeoff and land hands off.

A few days ago, I posted a rememberance of the first takeoff from a ship in this post.

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8 responses about “Of Interest to the Completed “Tailhookers””

  1. Steeljaw Scribe said:

    Welll…for the launch the ship was the same. Pilot was different, aircraft was a Vought Ve-7 and Langley was anchored out in the James river (the photo of the Langley in the post is suring one such evolution). Baby steps at first to be sure, but man, just 20 years later look what they did to the IJN at Midway…(of course, one could turn the tables re. the IJN/Combined Fleet at Pearl, but we won).
    – SJS

  2. xformed said:

    I jumped the gun. I did a little fact checking and deleted the parenthetical statement….

  3. Steeljaw Scribe said:

    Thanks 🙂 and thanks for the nice note over @ lex’s site as well…
    – SJS

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