World War II Plane Returning Home to Evansville

A WWII plan is flying home to Evansville on Thursday, and River City residents will get a chance to see it fly for possibly the last time.

Posted: Oct 12, 2020 5:46 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2020 5:47 PM

A World War II fighter plane will be making its return back to the river city later this week.

Earlier today, mayor Lloyd Winnecke and the Evansville P-47 Foundation proudly announced the P-47 Thunderbolt, named Tar Heel Hal, will be returning to Evansville on Thursday.

The city of Evansville was responsible for producing more that 150 LST warships, more than 3 billion rounds of ammunition and more than 6,000 P-47 Thunderbolts during World War II

The World War 2 fighter plane will be placed at the Evansville Wartime Museum, less than a mile away from where it was originally built 75 years ago.

But before the fighter pilot is parked in a museum, it’ll take a few trips over the River City.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke - (R) IN

“There will be multiple flyovers across the city," said Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke. "The plane will be doing passes at dress plaza, near the LST, and will be flying over both the eat side and west side as well.”

Tar Heel Hal is expected to get into Evansville around 1:00 pm on Thursday.

And fly a series of passes over the city.

After flying around the city, the aircraft will be taken to the wartime museum while the P-47 Foundation continues fundraising efforts to keep the plane at home in Evansville permanently.

And you’ll be able to see the plane up close and in-person right here at the Evansville wartime museum beginning on October 22nd.

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