Gov. Holcomb Signs Bill to Designate Evansville Aircraft as Official Aircraft of State

The Hoosier Spirit II is lodged at the Evansville Wartime Museum.

Posted: Apr 27, 2021 1:46 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2021 2:28 PM

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.

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