EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) For the second time, the plane to bring a P-47 Thunderbolt back to Evansville were scrapped due to weather Friday. The pilot, Charlie Hainline, now plans to leave Houston Saturday morning at 10 a.m., and arrive in Evansville between 2 and 2:30 p.m. He does still plan to do the same flyover passes along the downtown riverfront.

Hainline explained since the plane is 75 years old, they want clear weather and no cloud.

“It’s an old airplane and it’s an artifact and a treasure. So we don’t want to take any chances. So that’s kind of our criteria for for getting from point A to point B,” Hainline said.

The P-47, named ‘Tarheel Hal,’ was one of more than 6,000 P-47 aircraft made in Evansville at the former Republic Aviation plant off Hwy. 41. The Evansville P-47 Foundation has been trying to bring the plane back to Evansville for years.

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(This story was originally published on Oct. 16, 2020)