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Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley P4974 : Airframe notes updated (added 11-02-1941 : Whitley was ordered to divert course but misunderstood order and subsequently ran out of fuel, successfully abandoned. )
Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim Z5877 : Airframe notes updated (added 10-02-1941 : Blenheim was shot down in the airfield circuit by a Ju88. )
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Pilot Officer Rainford Gent Marland : First name updated (now Rainford Gent), Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Aircraft updated (added Hurricane), Squadrons updated (added No.229 Sqn RAF), Airframes updated (added Hurricane Z5617), Squadron service dates updated, Rank updated (now Pilot Officer)
White added to aircrew database.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Douglas : Airframes updated (added Wellington R1004)


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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.


Click the name above to see prints featuring Corsair aircraft.

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


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
A list of all signatures from our database who are associated with this squadron. A profile page is available by clicking their name.

Major Harry Johnson USMC
Click the name above to see prints signed by Major Harry Johnson USMC
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 : 28th November
28November1917G Suk, a WW1 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day
28November1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O A. R. Watson of 152 Squadron, was Killed.
28November1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. C. DFC Dundas of 609 Squadron, was Killed.
28November1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O P.A. Baillon of 609 Squadron, was Killed.
28November1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. H. J. R. Barrow of 607, 43 & 213 Squadrons, was Killed.
28November1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. L. J. Patterson of 501 Squadron, was Killed.
28November1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. P. H. Willcocks of 610 & 66 Squadrons, was Killed.
28November1940Helmut Wick, a WW2 Ace with 56.00 victories, died on this day
28November1940Knight's Cross recipient Helmut Wick of 3./Jagdgeschwader 2 died on this day
28November1940Major Helmut Wick, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
28November1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt Z. Klein of 234 and 152 Squadrons, was Killed.
28November1941R King, a WW1 Ace with 22.00 victories, died on this day
28November1942Ron Middleton of No.149 Squadron RAF was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross
28November1980Keith Caldwell, a WW1 Ace with 25.00 victories, died on this day
28November2001Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid VC, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
28November2001Victoria Cross recipient William Reid of No.61 Squadron RAF died on this day
28November2003Carroll McColpin, a WW2 Ace with 8.00 victories, died on this day
28November2003Major General Carroll W McColpin, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day


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