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VMF-122

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VMF-122


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Aircraft for : VMF-122
A list of all aircraft known to have been flown by VMF-122. 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-122
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Lieutenant Colonel Henry M Bourgeois USMC
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14 / 11 / 2009Died : 14 / 11 / 2009
Lieutenant Colonel Henry M Bourgeois USMC

Henry was the youngest ever Marine Officer when he joined VMF-214, and had flown two combat tours with VMF-122 prior to that, with 2 victories to his credit. On 21st September 1943 he led a division of Corsairs to strafe Kahili Airdrome, where he destroyed 2 aircraft on the ground; the division accounting for 12 aircraft and an AA position destroyed. Sadly, Henry Bourgeois passed away on 14th November 2009.


Aviation History Timeline : 1st November
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1November1927Karl Plauth, a WW1 Ace with 14.00 victories, died on this day
1November1940Belgian Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt R. E. de C. De Hamale of 46 Squadron, was Killed.
1November1940British Battle of Britain pilot, S/Ldr. A. A. DFC Mckellar of 605 Squadron, was Killed.
1November1940Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, F/O W. H. DFC Nelson of 74 Squadron, was Killed.
1November1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, P/O B. A. Wlasnowolski of 32, 607 and 213 Squadrons, was Killed.
1November1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt M. S. Marcinkowski of 151 and 501 Squadrons, was Killed.
1November1944 Walter Groce of 56th Fighter Group, 63rd Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
1November1944 William Gerbe of 56th Fighter Group, 63rd Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
1November1983Aloys Heldmann, a WW1 Ace with 15.00 victories, died on this day
1November2003Air Commodore Cyril Brown CBE AFC AE, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
1November2003Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. C. B. Brown of 245 Squadron, Passed away.
1November2007Col. Paul Tibbets, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
1November2008Francis Gerard, a WW2 Ace with 8.00 victories, died on this day
1November2008Knight's Cross recipient Alexander Uhlig of 16./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 died on this day
1November2008Oberfeldwebel Alexander Uhlig, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
1November2009Roy Evans, a WW2 Ace with 6.00 victories, died on this day

 

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