There's something about the industrial F sharp hum of an old fighter plane that pricks the ears. For those who served in World War II, it's the signal to drop what you're doing and look to the sky.
Saturday, June 29-Sunday, June 30, the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa hosts the Warbird Roundup featuring the P-47 Thunderbolt, which WWII fighter ace Capt. Richard Fleischer piloted through more than 200 missions while stationed in West New Guinea. The two-day event features flybys by WWII-era fighter planes, presentations by Fleischer, museum tours and plenty of food. The Roundup runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days and admission costs $4 for children 12 and younger, $8 for seniors and veterans and $10 for adults.
Several of the planes in flight and on display at the Roundup are rare, including a P-47G Thunderbolt—one of three such planes remaining in the world, though at the time of its production it was the heaviest and most expensive single-engine fighter flying the skies of Europe and the Pacific. The P-40 Warhawk, of which just 20 remain flying out of more than 14,000 planes produced, engaged Japanese aircraft at Pearl Harbor. There will also be flybys by the famous P-51 "Boise Bee" Mustang.
For an older generation, the Warhawk Roundup is a rendezvous with history, but for families it's a chance to see some rare birds in flight.