P-47 Thunderbolt

Indiana State Aircraft


Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt, official state aircraft of Indiana.

Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt; official state aircraft of Indiana.  Photo by cclark395/Flickr (Noncommercial Use Permitted with Attribution).

Official State Aircraft of Indiana

Indiana designated the Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt as the official state aircraft in 2015. All State Aircraft - Military Symbols

Commonly known as the "Indiana Warbird," the Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt was produced in Evansville, Indiana, from 1942 to 1945.  This snub-nosed aircraft was a huge, cumbersome-looking WWII fighter. Though nearly twice the weight of its relatively sleek contemporaries (such as Spitfires and Mustangs), the P-47 Thunderbolt was built in greater numbers than any other fighter aircraft (before or since) because it was fast, dependable, could take major damage and survive, and packed effective firepower.



WWII P-47 Thunderbolts; 345th Fighter Squadron, 350th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force.  Photo by United States Army Air Forces/Wikipedia (public domain image).

WWII fighter squadron flying P-47 Thunderbolts


Restored WWII Republic P-47 Thunderbolt "Razorback" Fighter Flight Demo !