The Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company of Keyport, New Jersey, was one of numerous small aircraft firms that existed in the early 20th century, providing various airplanes, in mostly small quantities, to the U.S. Army and Navy. Most of those companies closed down after World War I with the massive cutbacks in military aircraft procurement.
Aeromarine’s principal Navy product was its Model 39, which was the first airplane to land aboard the pioneer aircraft carrier Langley (CV-1). The firm also was noted for receiving a record-setting aircraft order from the Navy.
The Navy’s first Aeromarine order came in 1917 for three or four (records differ) Model 700 floatplane bombers. Only two aircraft were accepted and were employed in trials of dropping aerial torpedoes. However, the plane’s payload limit of 700 pounds meant that only dummy torpedoes could be used.