And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
I was thinking the same thing.Delete
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I believe that the Corsair is properly designated the F4U (not F4).
Navy aircraft designations, almost from the beginning of Naval Aviation, and lasting beyond the Korean war, consisted of:
- one or two letters indicating the class (fighter, torpedo bomber, etc.);
- a serial number if more than one in the class;
- and a code letter identifying the maker. A=Brewster, D=Douglas, F=Gruman, J=North American, M=Martin (or later, General Motors), U=Chance-Vought, Y=Consolidated, etc.
The F4U would have been the fourth Navy fighter designed and built by Chance-Vougt. (I have no idea what the FU, F2U, or F3U were.)
When that system was changed, the aircraft designated F-4 was the McDonnell-Douglas Phantom of the Viet Nam war.