National Geographic : 1942 Jul
The National Geographic Magazine U. S . Bureau of A.crl allti s At the Height of Her Glory as the Navy's Only Carrier, the Langley Plods Along Behind the Battleships Though slow and poky, the converted collier could launch 34 planes to protect the battle fleet and herself. Official Photograph U. S. Navy With Her Flight Deck Cut Off Thus, the Langley Went Forth to Battle Japanese Bombers When Java was hard pressed and desperately needed planes, the Langley, packed with fighter planes, was sent to the island's relief. Sixty miles from her destination, Japanese bombers easily sank her on February 27, 1942. Her own planes could not take off from this abbreviated deck to destroy the enemy.