Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence has made it official today, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 – the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt is Indiana’s state aircraft:
It’s unclear at this time if the designation only applies to the Evanvsille, Indiana, factory-produced P-47’s (-RA versions), more than 6,000 built, or if this includes all Thunderbolts, including the others produced in Farmingdale, New York (-RE versions).
The P-47 was the most-produced fighter plane of the United States during World War II, with over 15,600 built between Republic’s two production plants in New York and Indiana. The first Evansville-built P-47D rolled out in September, 1942.
“P-47 Thunderbolt named official state aircraft of Indiana,” at: http://www.fox19.com/story/29399467/p-47-thunderbolt-named-official-state-aircraft-of-indiana
“WWII vet wants Evansville-built P-47 named state’s official ‘warbird,'” at: http://www.courierpress.com/news/state/wwii-vet-wants-evansvillebuilt-p47-named-states-official-warbird_71044191
Major P-47 Thunderbolt Variations, Serial Numbers, & Production,” at: http://www.368thfightergroup.com/P-47-2.html
Republic P-47, USAF Fact Sheet, at: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=2213