Aeromarine Model 39
30 ft. 4 in.
Aeromarine Model 39 aircraft were training aircraft used by the United States Navy. They were manufactured by the Aeromarine Plane & Motor Co., in New Jersey, U.S.A.
The aircraft were produced to be used with floats, but could be easily adapted to operate from land by exchanging the floats for conventional landing gear.
During World War 1 the aircraft served as the primary seaplane trainers for the United States Navy.
A total of 200 Aeromarine Model 39 aircraft were produced, all for land or water use. Some 50 Model 39 aircraft were A versions with twin floats, and 150 were B versions. The Model 39B aircraft had a single center float with small outriggers, larger wings and more reliable engines.
On October 26, 1922 an Aeromarine Model 39B made the first landing of an aircraft ever on an underway U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Langley. The pilot was Lt. Cdr. Geoffrey DeChevalier.
Excellent low speed handling made the Aeromarine Model 39B a good choice for aircraft carrier testing. The aircraft was equipped with a tail hook to catch arresting cables, similar to today's carrier based aircraft.
Testing of the Aeromarine Model 39B on the USS Langley continued through 1923. It was discovered that a squadron of the aircraft could land and take off in a relatively short period of time. This helped prove the value of aircraft carriers in Naval warfare.