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VMF-218

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VMF-218


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Aircraft for : VMF-218
A list of all aircraft known to have been flown by VMF-218. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
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Corsair



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Manufacturer : Chance-Vought
Production Began : 1940
Number Built : 12000

Corsair

The Chance-Vought F4U Corsair was arguably the finest naval aviation fighter of its era. Work on this design dates to 1938 and was headed-up by Voughts Chief Engineer, Rex Biesel. The initial prototype was powered by an 1800-HP Pratt & Whitney double Wasp radial engine. This was the third Vought aircraft to carry the Corsair name. The graceful and highly recognizable gull-wing design of the F4U permitted the aircraft to utilize a 13-foot, three-blade, Hamilton Standard propeller, while not having to lengthen the landing gear. Because of the rigors of carrier landings, this was a very important design consideration. Folding wings were also required for carrier operations. The F4U was thirty feet long, had a wingspan of 41 feet and an empty weight of approximately 7,500 pounds. Another interesting feature was the way the F4Us gear rotated 90 degrees, so it would lay flush within the wing when in the up position. In 1939 the Navy approved the design, and production commenced. The Corsair utilized a new spot welding process on its all aluminum fuselage, giving the aircraft very low drag. To reduce weight, fabric-covered outer wing sections and control surfaces were fitted. In May of 1940 the F4U made its maiden flight. Although a number of small bugs were discovered during early flight tests, the Corsair had exceptional performance characteristics. In October of 1940 the prototype F4U was clocked at 405-MPH in a speed test. The initial production Corsairs received an upgraded 2,000-HP radial giving the bird a top speed of about 425-MPH. The production models also differed from the prototype in having six, wing-mounted, 0.5 caliber machine guns. Another change was a shift of the cockpit about three feet further back in the fuselage. This latter change unfortunately made naval aviators wary of carrier landings with the F4U, due to its limited forward visibility during landings. Other concerns were expressed regarding a severe port wing drop at landing speeds and a tendency of the aircraft to bounce off a carrier deck. As a result, the F4U was initially limited to land-based USMC squadrons. Vought addressed several of these problems, and the Royal Navy deserves credit for perfecting an appropriate landing strategy for the F4U. They found that if the carrier pilot landed the F4U while making a sweeping left turn with the port wing down, that sufficient visibility was available to make a safe landing. With a kill ratio of 11 -to- 1 in WW 11 combat, the F4U proved superior in the air to almost every opposing aircraft it encountered. More than 12,000 F4Us were built and fortunately a few dozen remain in flyable condition to this date.
Signatures for : VMF-218
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Major Harry Johnson USMC
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Major Harry Johnson USMC

Harry Johnson went to the Pacific in November 1943, joining VMF-214 as a replacement pilot. He destroyed a Zero in combat on 6th January 1944, two days before VMF-214 were disbanded. Serving later with VMF-218 and VMF-253, he flew a total of 84 missions on Corsairs during WWII, and another 69 missions in Korea.


Aviation History Timeline : 1st October
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1October1940Australian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. C. Bennett of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. C. E. Bowen of 607 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. L. Gillespie of 23 Squadron, Died.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. F. A. Sibley of 238 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. G. B. Brash of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. G. S. Clarke of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. N. Brumby of 615 & 607 Squadrons, was Killed.
1October1940Hauptmann Erich Groth of II./Zerstörergeschwader 76 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Hauptmann Martin Lutz of 1./Zerstörergeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Leutnant Gustav Sprick of 8./Jagdgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Major Wolfgang Falck of Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Oberfeldwebel Wilhelm-Friedrich Illg of 9./Kampfgeschwader 76 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Oberleutnant Fritz Schürmeyer of 3. (F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe des OBdL was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Jabs of Unit2./Zerstörergeschwader 76 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm-Richard Rössinger of 2./Erprobungs-Gruppe 210 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1940Onerstleutnant Benno Kosch of II./Kampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. N. P. Warden of 610 Squadron, was Killed.
1October1943Former Australian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. A. McGaw of 73 and 66 Squadrons, was Killed.
1October1943Oberleutnant Paul Birnkraut of 1./Fernaufklärungs-Gruppe 121 was awarded the Knight's Cross
1October1972Alessandro Buzio, a WW1 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day
1October2002Flight Lieutenant Edward Johnson, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
1October2005Robert Hanson, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
1October2007Gerald Rounds, a WW2 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day

 

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