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Evansville and the P-47 Thunderbolt


During WWII, manufacturers in Evansville, Indiana began to switch their production lines from manufacturing consumer goods to begin producing military products. By 1942, Evansville factories had received over $600,000,000 (or $8.5B in 2020 dollars) in defense contracts. Evansville would eventually rank as one of the most productive American cities. Over 250 businesses produced over 300 wartime products. Including 6,242 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter planes.


On Saturday October 17, 2020, The Evansville P-47 Foundation brought home Tarheel Hal, one of the most famous remaining P-47's. Tarheel Hal now lives inside the Evansville Wartime Museum, just a mile from where it was manufactured by Republic Air.

Before the arrival of the plane, the Evansville P-47 Foundation and its generous donors raised 65% of the cost of the P-47. In order to keep the plane in Evansville roughly $800,000 still needs to be raised. These funds will pay for the plane, it's delivery, maintenance costs. Evansville is very proud of this beautiful aircraft, so let's work together to keep this plane here!

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About the P-47


6,242

Number Built in Evansville

423

MPH Top Speed

8

.50 Cal Machine Guns Onboard

2,500

lbs of Bomb and Rocket Payload

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Board of Directors


Rick Kaskel

President

Mark Browning, MD

Vice President

John M. Dunn

Treasurer

Jack Buttrum

Secretary

Allen Sanderson

WWII P-47 Combat Pilot

Richard Kuhn

Chairman
Evansville Wartime Museum

Dona Bone

Member

Bill Schirmer

Member

Wayne Kinney

Member

Dan Hendrickson

Member

Fritz Prehn

Member