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.
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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The Evansville P-47 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductable in accordance with IRS Regulation Section 170. Larger donations may be submitted through wire transfer or physical check with our pledge form. Please email the pledge form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail with check to 300 SE Riverside Dr Suite 100 Evansville, In 47713 Attn: John Dunn.Download Pledge Form
WWII P-47 Combat Pilot
Evansville Wartime Museum