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Evansville and the P-47 Thunderbolt


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.


The Evansville P-47 Foundation plans to bring Tarheel Hal, one of the most famous remaining P-47's, back home to Evansville.

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About the P-47


6,242

Number Built in Evansville

423

MPH Top Speed

8

.50 Cal Machine Guns Onboard

2,500

lbs of Bomb and Rocket Payload

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Board of Directors


Rick Kaskel

President

Mark Browning, MD

Vice President

John M. Dunn

Treasurer

Jack Buttrum

Secretary

Allen Sanderson

WWII P-47 Combat Pilot

Richard Kuhn

Chairman
Evansville Wartime Museum

Dona Bone

Member

Dan Hendrickson

Member

Fritz Prehn

Member