Posts:307 Joined: July 29th, 2010, 2:47 am
Location: South Carolina
I think when it came to the large flying boats she was more of a transport and would have used shore-side cranes. She had a couple smaller cranes to bring planes up to the hanger deck from the looks of it. The pictures I've seen of her carrying large boats usually have them partially disassembled. http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/02/0203.htm
Posts:1311 Joined: July 27th, 2010, 2:39 am
Location: Brunswick Island, Federal Republic of Denton
That is correct CanisD. The Langley was used as a transport ship for aircraft, before and during WW2 until the time of her sinking. In fact, at the time of the sinking Langley was carrying P-40 Warhawks to a Pacific airbase IIRC. After Langley was coverted into a tender, the planes were loaded onto the deck by cranes. That's also the reason they Langley kept the rear section of the flight deck, to make more space for the carrying of aircraft.
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