P-47 Thunderbolt not returning to Evansville Thurs. due to weather

P-47 Thunderbolt not returning to Evansville Thurs. due to weather

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The P-47 Thunderbolt will not be returning to Evansville Thursday due to weather.

Organizers say the plane is now scheduled to return Friday between 1 and 2 p.m.

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announced Monday that the world-famous P-47 Thunderbolt, Tarheel Hal, would return to Evansville.

They say it’s thanks to fundraising efforts by the Evansville P-47 Foundation.

The plane will be flying a series of passes over Evansville and Dress Plaza.

The public will also be able to catch a glimpse of Tarheel Hal on the ground before making its final departure to the museum from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the ramp between Tri-Sate Aero and Hampton Inn on Flightline Dr.

Tarheel Hal will remain at the Evansville Wartime Museum while the Foundation continues fundraising efforts to keep the plane at home 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 early 90′s, the plane underwent a two-stage restoration to mint condition and has been flying ever since.

As one of the few airworthy P-47′s in existence, officials say it represents the proud history of manufacturing in Evansville and the community’s contribution to the nation’s war effort.

The Evansville Wartime Museum will be preparing the plane for display at their 7503 Petersburg Road facility and will be opening it to the public on Thursday, October 22.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the museum will have a limited, timed-entry system for visitations.

The public is encouraged to visit the museum website or call (812) 424-7461 to schedule a visit.

The plane is scheduled to arrive in Evansville Friday at 1 p.m., depending on weather conditions.

Coming from the southwest, the plane is set to do four loops over Evansville while passing over Dress Plaza near the LST.

You can find the flight plan for the Tarheel Hal in the post below.

Tarheel Hal
Tarheel Hal (Source: Evansville Wartime Museum)
P-47 Thunderbolt, Tarheel Hal, coming home to Evansville

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