In a large hangar at Nampa Municipal Airport on the east side of the city is an excellent museum recounting the history of air combat. The Warhawk Air Museum touches on WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the aviation technology of the Cold War. A beautifully presented fleet of aircraft awaits you, counting a Fokker DR-1, a MiG-17, a MiG-21, a P-40E Kittyhawk, a P-51C Mustang, an F-84G Thunderjet and an F-104 Starfighter. The showstopper may be the Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, restored to flying condition in the 1980s and appearing in the movie Pearl Harbor (2001).
Display cases brim with fascinating memorabilia, and there are binders with interesting personal accounts and preserved documents. Guided tours are available and often given by former servicemen. The Warhawk Air Museum represents the American experience of World War I, World War II, and the Cold War Era including the Korean War and Vietnam War. Visitors learn about the personal experiences of men, women, and children who lived through those times and how advancements in technology impacted our society. This 40,000 square foot museum houses a large collection of airplanes and equipment, including two of only a few remaining Curtiss P-40 World War II fighter airplanes left in the world and a very rare World War II P-51C razorback Mustang fighter airplane.
The museum was founded on 6 March 1989 by John and Sue Paul. In 2021, it announced plans for an expansion. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum also previously featured a number of visiting aircraft. In the ensuing 24 years, the museum has grown immensely. What started as a tribute to WWI/WWII veterans has expanded to include veterans’ history from the Iraq War, Persian Gulf War, Vietnam War, Korean War and Cold War. Throughout the museum, donations from community members are also on display to educate future generations about national and local history. Families of local veterans and the veterans themselves have donated one-of-a-kind collections of uniforms, photos, medals, gear and written narratives describing battle experiences.