The Evansville P-47 Foundation is a separate, not-for-profit, organization dedicated to preserving and protecting an Evansville-built P-47 Thunderbolt. The Foundation works very closely with the Evansville Wartime Museum to achieve this mission.
Community leaders in Evansville have been searching for a suitable P-47 for 20+ years. Due to the rare nature of these aircraft, they do not come on the market frequently. When the Lonestar Flight Museum was willing to part with Tarheel Hal in 2020, the Foundation acted swiftly to secure the aircraft. Other static examples that have been considered where either in a state requiring major restoration or too expensive to acquire.
To honor the men and women in of our state who helped with the war effort, it was decided to rename the airplane from Tarheel Hal to Hoosier Spirit II. The original Hoosier Spirit was the first plane to roll off of the Evansville Republic Aviation assembly line.
The Foundation drew inspiration largely from the Indiana State flag. The golden torch and star with the blue background represent the State of Indiana. The 50 stars on the plane represent the 50 United States.
The Evansville P-47 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductable in accordance with IRS Regulation Section 170. We ask that larger donations be submitted through wire transfer or by mail (check) to reduce bank fees. Please send your completed pledge form to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail with check to the address listed above.