The Langley holds a special place in my heart. Sometimes I wished she could go faster, but she taught us a lot about carrier techniques. We learned a lot of lessons on the Langley which were applied to the Saratoga and Lexington. One amusing lesson learned on the Langley changed the faces of both the Lexington and the Saratoga.
Up to the time the Langley was commissioned, every naval air station had carrier pigeons we used to take with us on flights. Before we took off, we went over to the pigeon loft and got a little box with four pigeons in it. Then, if we had a forced landing, of which we had quite a number, we wrote out a message and stuck it in the capsule that was fastened to the pigeon’s leg and let it go. The pigeon flew back to the air station, and they knew where we were, presumably. This had been going on for a long while in the early days of aviation.