Lewis & Vought Corp.
Chance Vought Corp.

Long Island City, N. Y.

1919 to 1930





President: George W. Vought

Vice President:  R. B. Knowles

Chief Engineer:  Chance M. Vought

Secretary-Treasurer: E.L. Vought

General Manager: E.H. Herbig


President: George W. Vought

Vice President & General Manager:  E. H. Herbig

Chief Engineer: Charles J. McCarthy

Secretary-Treasurer: J. F. McCarthy

During the years from 1926 to 1930, Corsairs produced in the Vought plant at Long Island City were one of the mainstays of U.S. Navy aerial strength.  In 1927 and 1928, the total distance flown by Vought airplanes for the Navy was 6,733,000 miles. Production emphasis throughout the late 1920ís was on the O2U series with the O2U-2, O2U-3, and the O2U-4 being produced for the Navy. Each was similar to the original O2U-1 Corsair, except that it had better performance and more modern equipment than its predecessor

Although market emphasis during this period was certainly with the Navy, Chance Vought entered an O2U-3 into a U.S. Army competition for an observation airplane in the summer of 1929.  Redesignated as the O-28 by the Army, it received the top rating by Army test pilots and was officially recommended for the purchase of 30 airplanes.  However, at the Secretary of War level, it was considered politically unacceptable and the nod went to a competing manufacturer.


From a little group of a dozen men who used part of a loft floor, the company had grown until it was the second largest American producer of military airplanes, and in 1928 was the leading manufacturer of its specialized types. In February 1929, the Chance Vought Corporation joined with other aeronautical organizations in forming the United Aircraft and Transport Corporation, from which was formed the United Aircraft Corporation.


Chance Vought Corporation

1926 - 1929