Being first doesn't mean lasting forever. By the end of 1936, the Langley was being converted from a carrier to a seaplane tender, a process that was completed in February 1937. This photo from that year shows the ship in that new role, reclassified as AV-3 but retaining the Langley name.
March 21, 2012 12:54 PM PDT
Photo by: Naval History & Heritage Command Photographic Department