Bill to designate the official state warbird passes the Indiana House

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Wednesday, April 1, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) has sponsored a bill to designate the Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt as the official state warbird of Indiana. Tuesday, Senate Bill (SB) 370 bill was passed unanimously by the Indiana House of Representatives.

The Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt was the only World War II production aircraft built in Indiana. It was produced in Evansville from 1942 to August 1945.

“This is a small way for us to remember those Hoosiers who contributed so much to America’s efforts in World War II,” said Rep. Bacon. “The P-47 Thunderbolt flew combat in nearly all critical operations of the war and played a key role in the allied victory. I am proud of the historical contributions our community has made, and I am pleased to help recognize them.”

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