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P-47 Thunderbolt Coming to EVV; Foundation Hopes to Keep It

P-47 Foundation

A plane built in Evansville during World War II is flying home. 

Officials say a P-47 Thunderbolt will fly over the city at about 1:00 Thursday afternoon.

The plane, dubbed Tarheel Hal, is expected to make a series of passes over Evansville and Dress Plaza, weather permitting.

The public can also catch a glimpse of the plane on the ground Thursday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the ramp between Tri-State Aero and the Hampton Inn on Flightline Drive, off U.S. 41.

The plane will then be moved to the Evansville Wartime Museum on Petersburg Road, while the P-47 Foundation continues to raise money to keep the plane in Evansville permanently.

The aircraft was built by Republic Aviation in Evansville and was accepted by the Army Air Corps on May 7, 1945.

In the 1990’s, the plane underwent a two-stage restoration to mint condition and has been flying ever since.

The Foundation says it’s one of the few airworthy P-47's in existence.

More: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the museum has a limited, timed-entry system for visitors.

Visits can be scheduled via Facebook or by calling 812-424-7461.