This Day in Aviation History
September 23rd, 1931
A Pitcairn XOP-1 autogyro conducted tests aboard the USS Langley (CV-1).

September 1931, the Pitcairn XOP-1 autogiro was procured by the Navy for trial purposes. As a rotary wing aircraft, the Navy was interested in the aircraft’s ability to land and takeoff within in short space. So the Navy conducted tests aboard the aircraft carrier Langley (CV-1).

On September 23, 1931, Lieutenant A.M. Pride, flew the Navy’s first rotary wing aircraft, both with landings and takeoffs from the Langley, while the flattop was underway….

Army Aviation Mag, Rotary Wing First for the Navy and Marines:

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