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Warhawk Air Museum will launch a campaign to expand its Nampa home

In 2010, the Warhawk Air Museum added this wing to include aircraft and items from the Cold War Era wars, including Vietnam. The museum is reading a new campaign to further expand its space and collections.
In 2010, the Warhawk Air Museum added this wing to include aircraft and items from the Cold War Era wars, including Vietnam. The museum is reading a new campaign to further expand its space and collections.

The Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa is gearing up to expand again, says its co-founder and Executive Director Sue Paul.

“We’ve run out of room,” she says.

The museum will hold its annual Warbird Roundup from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug 28, in its current space at the Nampa Municipal Airport. You can find details below.

The museum plans to add another 14,000 square feet by renovating and adding onto one of its 10,000-square-foot maintenance hangars. It also plans to build replacement maintenance space adjacent to its 40,000-square-foot compound.

The additional space is needed so the museum can expand its collection to include conflicts and military actions from the 1990s to today, including 9/11 and Desert Storm. It currently has aircraft and memorabilia, journals, diaries and person artifacts, from World War I through the Cold War and Vietnam eras.

“As fast as history is changing, we need to preserve the truth of what happened through the stories — the true experience — of our veterans,” Paul says.

Paul and her husband, John, founded the Warhawk in 1989 in Caldwell. It moved to a larger space in Nampa in 2001. It grew again in 2010. That last addition allowed the Pauls to add a Cold War Era wing with planes and items from the Korean and Vietnam wars and the early space program.

The campaign aims to raise between $1 and $1.5 million, Paul estimates, and will officially launch in the coming month. To find out more or make a donation, go to WarhawkAirMuseum.org or call 465-6446.

Warbird Roundup

You’ll see several World War II planes, such as the Dauntless SBD-5 Dive-Bomber, P-40s, P-51s, a 0-1 Bird Dog and more at the annual “Warbird Roundup” at Nampa’s Warhawk Air Museum. This year’s guest speaker is Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, granddaughter of U.S. Air Force Gen. James “Jimmy” Doolittle, who led the historic Doolittle Raid after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Doolittle and his crew flew Mitchell B-25 bombers, and you’ll see one at the event.

Max Pond of the Governor’s Office is scheduled to be on hand to honor Idaho World War II veteran John Joseph McCarthy, who will finally receive his many commendations, including Battle Stars and two Purple Hearts, for his service in Guadalcanal and other battles. The Governor’s Office will proclaim Aug. 27 “John Joseph McCarthy Day.”

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