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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 : 19th September
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19September1940Pilot Officer Henry W Harrison of No.33 Sqn RAF shot down a CR32
19September1941Oberstleutnant Paul Weitkus of Kampfgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Feldwebel Kurt Mevissen of 9./Kampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Feldwebel Werner Lucas of 4./Jagdgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Hauptmann Carl Sattig of 6./Jagdgeschwader 54 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Hauptmann Ernst Fick of 6./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Leutnant Hermann Hemmer of 3. (F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 122 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Oberfeldwebel Alfred Heckmann of 4./Jagdgeschwader 3 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Oberfeldwebel Berthold Graßmuck of 2./Jagdgeschwader 52 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Oberfeldwebel Erich Schmitt of 2. (F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 11 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Oberfeldwebel Heinz Bevernis of 7./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Oberfeldwebel Karl Hammerl of 1./Jagdgeschwader 52 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Oberleutnant Hans von Bargen of I./Sturzkampfgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Jacobi von Wangelin of 1./Kampfgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Oberleutnant Helmut Putz of II./Kampfgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Oberleutnant Ludwig Nemecek of 3. (F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 122 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1942Oberleutnant Wilhelm Schmitter of II./Kampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Feldwebel Hans Döbrich of 6./Jagdgeschwader 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Feldwebel Heinz Vinke of 11./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Hauptmann Heinrich Gerlach of XI. Fliegerkorps was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Hauptmann Heinz Richter of III./Kampfgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Hauptmann Karl Kennel of 5./Schlachtgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Leutnant Hans Krumminga of 9./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Major Helmuth Orlowski of Fernaufklärungs-Gruppe 1224./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment13./Grenadier-Regiment 453 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Oberfeldwebel Kurt Plenzat of 2./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Oberleutnant Günther Löffelbein of I./Kampfgeschwader 51 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Oberleutnant Heinz-Edgar Berres of 1./Jagdgeschwader 77 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Oberleutnant Lothar Linke of 12./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1943Oberleutnant Waldemar Lutsch of 1. (F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 121 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1944David Lord of No.271 Squadron RAF was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross
19September1944Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. L A. Komaroff of 141 Squadron, was Killed.
19September1944Generalleutnant Joachim von Treschkow of 18. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division was awarded the Knight's Cross
19September1944Victoria Cross recipient David Lord of No.271 Squadron RAF died on this day
19September1944Victoria Cross recipient Guy Gibson of No.617 Squadron RAF died on this day
19September1945Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. W. Slade of 64 Squadron, was Killed.
19September1961Armand Berthelot, a WW1 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day
19September2003Alfred Grislawski, a WW2 Ace with 133.00 victories, died on this day
19September2003Hauptmann Alfred Grislawski, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
19September2003Knight's Cross recipient Alfred Grislawski of 9./Jagdgeschwader 52 died on this day
19September2008Robert York, a WW2 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day

 

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