P-47 Thunderbolt, Tarheel Hal, flying home to Evansville Thursday

To Evansville Wartime Museum

UPDATE: Tarheel Hal will arrive tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 16 between 1-2 p.m. The flight team and pilot postponed the flight due to Thursday’s inclement weather.

Source: Evansville P47 Foundation

A piece of Evansville history is flying home this Thursday, Oct. 15 weather permitting. Be sure to look to the skies.  The P-47 Thunderbolt, Tarheel Hal, will be making its final departure to the Evansville Wartime Museum from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the ramp between Tri-Sate Aero and Hampton Inn on Flightline Dr.

The aircraft will remain at the museum while the organization responsible for bringing it home, the Evansville P-47 Foundation, continues to raise funds to keep the plane in Evansville permanently.

Source: Evansville P47 Foundation

The plane was built right here in Evansville, IN by Republic Aviation, and was accepted into the Army Air Corps on May 07, 1945. It was then deployed to France as its first assignment in WWII.

Tarheel Hal is one of the few P-47 Thunderbolts that is suitable to fly!

According to the foundation’s website, the plane has a top speed of 423 MPH and during the war, it carried 8 .5- Cal machine guns, and 2,500 lbs. of bomb and rocket payload.

Source: Evansville P47 Foundation

The Evansville Wartime Museum will have the plane on display starting Thursday, Oct. 22. The museum currently has COVID-19 restrictions in place for safety. You should schedule a visit by visiting their website or calling.

Follow the Evansville P-47 Foundation on social media for updates on the planes and fundraising efforts.