Men on USS Langley aircraft carrier watching plane takeoff
Sailors on the USS Langley observe an Aeromarine 39-B during landing exercises, 1922. US Naval Institute.

Seminar Series: America’s First Aircraft Carrier – 21 March, 7:00 PM EST

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Thursday, 21 March 2024
7:00 PM EST

Seminars are free to attend, although we hope you will support the Series with a suggested $10 Seminar Guest donation.

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Join us for an evening with Dr. David Winkler as he presents his latest book, America's First Aircraft Carrier: USS Langley and the Dawn of US Naval Aviation.

Dr. Winkler tells the story of the technological innovation, strategic foresight, and the tough spirit of the early aviators and leaders who envisioned the carrier's pivotal role in naval combat and diplomacy. He details Langley's transformation from a coal freighter to an aircraft carrier, the bureacratic and technological hurdles that were overcome, and the personal tales of those who served on board.

Whether you're a scholar or a naval enthusiast, or you just enjoy stories of American innovation and courage, Dr. Winkler's seminar will give you a deeper understanding of the complexities and achievements of early naval aviation and the importance of USS Langley, a vessel that revolutionized naval warfare and set the stage for modern American sea power.

We look forward to seeing you!

About the Speaker

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David F. Winkler, PhD, an adjunct professor with the Naval War College, retired as a commander after serving twenty-eight years on active and Navy Reserve duty as a surface warfare officer. He holds a PhD in history from American University. Winkler was the staff historian with the Naval Historical Foundation and the Charles Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. He resides in Northern Virginia.