KIDS: F4U Corsair - The Flight to State Symbol

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F4U Corsair - The Flight to State Symbol
{F4U Corsair Sign on Highway}
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It began in January, 2005 when Senator George L. "Doc" Gunther referred Substitute Senate Bill No. 585 to the Select Committe on Veterans' Affairs. This bill designated the F4U Corsair as the State Aircraft.
As part of the legislative process public, hearings were scheduled for February 10, 2005
{F4U Hearing at the Legislative Office Building}
{F4U Hearings at the Legislative Office Building}
F4U Corsair Hearings at the Legislative Office Building 2/10/2005
At the public hearing on February 10, 2005, several people, including Senator Gunter, testified in favor of the bill. These included Lou Knapp, Stratford Town Historian; Craig Mc Burney, Owner of Connecticut Corsairs and restorer of an F4U Corsair; Jerry O'Neill, pilot and aviation historianl; Don Richardson, Flight Test Engineer; Nick Mainero, WWII Corsair pilot; and Annette Lasorda, WWII factory worker.
It was also proposed at this hearing, that the Governor proclaim May 29th of each year to be Corsair Day.
An Easy Flight 
Substitute Senate Bill No. 585 was favorably reported out of the Legislative Commissioner's Office on March 3, 2005. On April 20, 2005, the Connecticut Senate passed the Bill. On May 5, 2005 the Connecticut House passed the Bill.
Safe Landing
On May 17, 2005, Governor M. Jodi Rell signed Public Act No. 05-49 in the Hall of Flags at the State Capitol.
{Governor Rell Signs F4U Corsair Bill}  
Remember, May 29th is Corsair Day in Connecticut!
Public Act 05-49


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Substitute Senate Bill No. 585

Public Act No. 05-49


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) The F4U Corsair shall be the state aircraft.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 10-29a of the general statutes is amended by adding subdivision (49) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (49) The Governor shall proclaim May twenty-ninth of each year to be Corsair Day, to commemorate the first flight of the F4U Corsair and to honor the achievement of Connecticut workers at United Aircraft, Pratt and Whitney, Hamilton Standard and the Vought-Sikorsky companies in the production of the F4U Corsair, the only major combat aircraft of World War II that was the product of a single state. Suitable exercises shall be held in the State Capitol and elsewhere as the Governor designates for the observance of the day.

Approved May 9, 2005


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