Historic P-47 returning to home to Evansville Friday

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — There’s a great, big beautiful Friday for the Tri-State. The return of the P-47 Thunderbolt ‘Tarheel Hal’ to Evansville, originally scheduled for Thursday, was delayed due to weather.

The plane is now scheduled to come home Friday, flying over the city of Evansville between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. before coming to Tri-State aero.

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.

Once the P-47 arrives in Evansville, it will be permanently housed at the Wartime Museum.

Before the news of the delay, Brad Byrd, who is down in Houston where the plane will be flying from, talked to Allen Sanderson. Sanderson is a former P-47 pilot and will witness “Tarheel Hal” take off for Evansville.

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(This story was originally published on October 15, 2020)

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