On 20 March 1922, the US Navy commissioned its first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley. Unable to secure funding from the US Congress for a purpose-built carrier, the Navy converted the collier ship USS Jupiter by placing a wooden flight deck over a framework of beams and girders.
The only US fleet aircraft carrier until 1928, it was originally only meant to be a platform for experimentation, but due to the constraints of the Washington Naval Treaty, the Langley remained in service as a fleet carrier until 1936. For the rest of its service life the Langley became a seaplane tender operating in the Pacific during the early years of the Pacific War. On 27 February 1942, it was struck with 5 direct hits from Japanese long-range bombers and was scuttled by its escorts.
The photograph below is of the USS Langley at sea in 1927.
If you are interested in the early history of the aircraft carrier then why not take a look at NVG 114: US Navy Aircraft Carriers 1922-45, NVG 109 Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers 1921–45, and DUE 6: USN Carriers vs IJN Carriers