Monday, 13 August 2012 16:40

Warbird Weekend 2012

"There is something for everyone at Warbird Weekend —check out flyable pieces of our nation's military history, support local veterans, enjoy great food, if you're young take a free plane ride or if you're of age, enjoy the beer/wine garden," said event coordinator, Melisa Bryant, and ILEDC economic development specialist.  “This event serves double duty as providing a new annual community event and also showcasing the Idaho County Airport as a gateway to North Central Idaho's back country recreation, as well as a hub for economic development activity.”

HISTORIC / MODERN AIRCRAFT

Several historic/current aircraft attended the event including a 1941 Vultee BT-13A, Beechcraft T-34B Mentor, Lockheed Harpoon PV-2, Navy N3N training biplane, an AStar AS 350B3 and Sikorsky Sky Crane CH 54.  The Idaho Army National Guard had two Lakota helicopters on site, which were being used in conjunction with a local EMT training event, and brought kids' obstacle course that stayed busy well after the event ended.

 

KIDS’ FREE FLIGHTS / COSTUME CONTEST

Warbird Weekend 2012 Poster

Highlighting kids' activities were the free introductory flights from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program. Youth ages 8 to 17 received a flight with a licensed local volunteer and afterwards they received their own log book along with a certificate. To participate, kids only needed to have a parent or guardian sign a waiver at the event.  81 free flights were given with a waiting list of over 50 for a return visit planned by the group.  Kids also participated in a pilot costume contest at noon.  Austin Cook Colson was the winner dressed in a fantastic flight suit and helmet.  All participants received a prize and an ice cream certificate for Yummyz in Grangeville.

BREAKFAST / LUNCH, TOURS, PRESENTATIONS

"Starting off, we had a pancake and sausage breakfast with the proceeds going to Quilts of Valor," Bryant said, "which provides free quilts to veterans."  The family-oriented event featured self-guided aircraft tours, as well as guided tours of the Anderson Aeromotive facility (at 824 North D Street) and the USFS Grangeville Air Center Smoke jumper base (use south entrance off Airport Road), historic aviation displays, presentations by area chambers of commerce, remote control aircraft display, and a beer and wine garden as well as lunch served by The Twisted Cellar.

PRESENT / FUTURE OF IDAHO COUNTY AIRPORT

"We think we can become America's warbird workshop," said Idaho County Commissioner James Rockwell, who has been an advocate for using the airport to generate business and economic activity for the region. "In our continuing effort to do that, last year we signed a 40,000-square-foot lease for an Anderson Aeromotive expansion at the airport. Three to four jobs will follow."

"Warbird Weekend showcases our competitive edge," he continued, "and the opportunities available at the airport for ancillary business expansion. It's just an idea, but an idea with wings. Look down the road 10 years and maybe we've got 30 to 40 new jobs at the airport."

 

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for assistance please contact:

Ida-Lew Economic Development

 

Phone: 208.983.8302

Address:

300 W. Main St. Ste 201

Grangeville, ID 83530

info@ida-lew.org

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