Aviation of World War II

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In 1917, former chief engineer of the Wright Brothers' Wright Company, Chance Vought, together with partner Birdseye Lewis, formed an aircraft manufacturing firm called the Lewis and Vought Corporation.

In 1922, Lewis left the firm and it became known simply as Chance Vought Corporation.

Vout, who died in 1930, managed to produce several models of fighters, flying boats and reconnaissance aircraft that entered service in the United States. In 1922, the company's aircraft, the Vought VE-7, made history by becoming the first aircraft to take off from the deck of the first US aircraft carrier, Langley.