Photo #: 80-CF-54862-2
Vought O3U-3 Observation Plane (Bureau # 9329)
On the midships elevator of USS Yorktown (CV-5), 2 November 1937.
This aircraft is painted in blue and silver "command colors" for the use of the ship's Commanding Officer. On 9 November 1937, it became the first plane to be launched from Yorktown's hangar deck catapult.
Aircraft in the right background are Grumman J2F-1 utility planes (Bureau #s 0169 and 0170).
Photograph from Department of the Navy collections in the U.S. National Archives.
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15 April 1999