On the last weekend of May, the Evansville Wartime Museum will celebrate the fourth anniversary of its opening in 2017. Here are some of the events planned that weekend.
- Plane rides – local Evansville private pilots will be donating their time and planes to help raise funds for the Evansville Wartime Museum. Paid visitors to the museum will be able to ride in these planes for a donation of $75 to $100 per person. The planes will take passengers on a 20-minute tour of Evansville departing and returning to the museum. Reservations for flights begin May 17. D Company, 334th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division with members from Indiana and Kentucky will be on site as WWII re-enactors on the museum grounds. This group enjoys educating the public on the life of a WWII soldier and their daily struggles in combat abroad. Visitors can learn the history of one of the units that stopped the Axis at the Battle of the Bulge.
- Evansville’s own P-47, Hoosier Spirit II, will be rolled out of the museum for an engine run on the tarmac south of the museum. Paid visitors will be able to watch while the engine runs for the first time since arriving in Evansville last September. Following the engine run, we plan to have a speaker who can talk about the one-ton Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp two-row 18-cylinder radial engine producing 2,000 horsepower that runs the P-47.