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See rare airplanes such as a North American P-51C Mustang and a restored Curtiss P-40N Warhawk fighter that was used in the filming of the movie Pearl Harbor. Learn about life at war and on the home front via 40,000 square feet of historical artifacts from WWII and the Cold War era, and thousands of veterans' personal collections of memorabilia and stories. The museum is wheelchair-accessible and offers parking for RVs.
Warhawk Air Museum
"The eyes on those marines were something to remember, because they had really been through it. And they were laughing and talking and smiling, but their eyes didn't smile. They were just fierce." These are the words Ceil Dennis—a lieutenant colonel in the Army Air Corps during World War II—used to describe his encounter with off-duty marines when he first landed on Iwo Jima. They wanted to sit in Dennis's P-51 airplane, a welcome sight for the troops spending three days on and three days off fighting for control of the Japanese stronghold. Their eyes told the story of men who, according to Dennis, "earned that island the hard way."
The recorded interview is part of the Veterans History Project, a collaboration between the Warhawk Air Museum and the Library of Congress, that is designed to preserve the voices of the past for future generations. It's just one of several ways that the museum honors the lives and sacrifices of military personnel.
Museum President John Paul and his wife, Sue, cofounded the 40,000-square-foot nonprofit museum at the Nampa Municipal Airport to house the ever-growing collection of planes and war memorabilia, including wartime sweetheart pillows, ration books, and some of Rosie the Riveter's actual elbow grease. Paul's passion for historical aircraft and wartime artifacts began in 1950, when he was 8 years old. He ran from his classroom to see the source of a deafening roar over the school, discovering the blue underbellies of two WWII F4U Navy Corsair fighter planes and the hobby that would become his vocation. Over the years, Paul's love for vintage fighter planes has led him on scavenger hunts and rescue missions, salvaging historic aircraft that would otherwise have been abandoned as scrap metal.
They run the nonprofit organization along with their son, John-Curtiss Paul, who was named after the Curtiss P-40 WWII Warhawk. The family aims to educate visitors about the technology, cultural, and social changes that North America has seen since World War I. Guests can schedule a tour of the museum, visit the gift shop, or even request a sponsorship ride in a restored P-40 aircraft.
The facilities are incredible! The displays are some of the best and the people are well informed and helpful.LarryG77, TripAdvisor, 11/15/12
This is the best collection of WWII memorabilia (and other military periods) I have ever seen in one place.colabear605, TripAdvisor, 11/21/12
“The information they have gathered to represent the armed forces is carefully displayed and represents so many facets of the military life. Make sure you plan some...”
“The information they have gathered to represent the armed forces is carefully displayed and represents so many facets of the military life. Make sure you plan some extra time to read articles and letters on the veterans and their families who are a part of this great collection. They they put a lot of love into this museum and obvious respect for the sacrifices the great men and women and their families made in defense of this great country. It's a treasure trove of so much of our history. ”
“Took my 3 daughters, we had a great time!”
“Spent a wonderful afternoon going back in time to learn about our military history. Worth taking the time to visit. ”
201 Municipal Dr.
Nampa, Idaho 83687