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United States Aircraft Carriers - The Early Vessels - CV-1 through CV-8 (All Photos: NMNA)

CV-1 - USS Langley at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, 4 April 1923.

CV-1 - USS Langley transiting the Panama Canal, November 1924.

CV-1 - USS Langley. The vessel has been shorn of almost half of its flight deck, and has be re-designated AV-3 - a seaplane temder. Photo: 29 July 1939 at Pearl Harbor.

CV-2 - USS Lexington at anchor in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, circa 1938.

CV-2 - USS Lexington, circa 1939.

CV-2 - Uss Lexington, in the late 1930s.

CV-3 - USS Saratoga, circa 1930.

CV-3 - USS Saratoga, 26 February 1937, at Coronado Roads.

CV-3 - USS Saratoga seen in Puget Sound, Washington, 8 September 1944.

CV-4 - USS Ranger at anchor at Gauntanamo Bay, Cuba - circa 1939. Note that the six stacks could be raised or lowered as required.

CV-4 - USS Ranger, circa 1940. Note the six stacks in the raised position, and the crew manning the rails.

CV-4 - USS Ranger at anchor, circa 1940. Note the three port-side stacks in the lowered position.

The USS Yorktown (CV-5) seen in dry dock at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - circa May 1942.

The USS Yorktown (CV-5), May 1940.

A two-ship Yorktown-class: The USS Yorktown (CV-5) and the USS Enterprise (CV-6), seen at Newport News, Virginia - February 1937.

The USS Enterprise (CV-6) conducting flight operations - 22 November 1943.

The USS Enterprise (CV-6) seen in the waters off Pearl Harbor - 2 August 1944. Note the dazzle paint scheme.

Also seen on 2 August 1944, the USS Enterprise (CV-6) underway.

The USS Wasp (CV-7), circa May 1942.

The USS Wasp (CV-7) seen at NAS San Diego - 28 June 1942.

The USS Wasp (CV-7) seen at anchor in Grassy Bay, Bermuda - circa December 1941.

The USS Hornet (CV-8) - April 1942.

Another view of the USS Hornet (CV-8) - circa 1941.

The USS Hornet (CV-8) seen off Norfolk, Virginia - October 1941.

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