A symbol of Evansville's past has become the icon of Indiana for the future.
Monday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill that allows for the P-47 Thunderbolt, known as Hoosier Spirit II, to become the official state aircraft.
The bill, authored by State House Rep. Wendy McNamara and co-authored by State Rep. Matt Hostettler and Rep. Sharon Negele passed both the Indiana State House and Indiana State Senate during the General Assembly.
Evansville produced more than 6,300 P-47's, including Hoosier Spirit II, during World War II.
Currently, the plane stands at the Evansville Wartime Museum near the Evansville Regional Airport.