Look In the Skies Over Evansville Saturday & You May See A Piece of History Fly In
*UPDATE: OCTOBER 16th 2:35pm*
The Evansville P-47 Foundation has just announced that the pilot will now be leaving Houston on Saturday, October 17th and is expected to arrive in Evansville around 2 or 2:30pm, following the same flight pattern as below over downtown and Dress Plaza. There will also be a public viewing opportunity later in the afternoon from 3pm - 5pm at Tristate Aero before the plane leaves for a private event taking place at the Evansville War Time Museum.
*UPDATE ON OCTOBER 15TH*
Due to weather conditions on Thursday, the fly in has been postponed until Friday October 16th
Evansville's P-47 Foundation announced that the historical plane will be flying into Evansville on Thursday October 15th. According to the Evansville P-47 Foundation the world-famous P47 Thunderbolt Tarheel Hal will be flying into Evansville around 1PM and will even do a flyover of the city. They say weather permitting it will fly from the southwest and do 4 loops over Evansville while passing over Dress Plaza near the LST. The flight map is in the Facebook post linked here, and pictured below.
According to a comment from the Evansville P-47 Foundation Facebook page here's what will happen once the plane lands in Evansville:
the plan is to “pickle” the plane. This is the equivalent to mothballing a car. So it will not fly in the near future but it’s airworthiness won’t be ruined. It is very expensive to maintain and insure an aircraft of this age and we want to ensure it doesn’t become too expensive to keep in its hometown of Evansville!
Here's what Tarheel Hal looks like