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“Warbird Weekend began in 2012 with 4 planes and 1,700 attendees. In 2013 the event soared to 14 planes and 3,000 attendees. We invite you to join us and see the new heights it reaches in 2014!”

~ Mike Cook, Idaho County Airport Manager

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 14:24

Warbird Weekend 2014

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Warbird Weekend 2014

Warbird Weekend 2014

Schedule of Events


SATURDAY July 12, 2014

Idaho County Airport

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Pancake Breakfast ~ Benefiting the Quilts of Valor

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Warbird Air Fair ~ Self-Guided Aircraft Tours

Young Eagles ~ Free Flights for Youth 8-17

Warbird Flights ~ Purchase Flights in the Legendary Aircraft

Idaho Army National Guard ~ Obstacle Course and Equipment Exhibit

Tours of Anderson Aeromotive

Tours of the USFS Grangeville Air Center (GAC) Smokejumper Facility

Tourism and Recreation Exhibits

Historical Aviation Exhibits

Remote Control Plane Exhibit

10:00 AM

Opening Ceremonies—National Anthem, Presentation of Colors, Honoring of Veterans

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Lunch, Ice Cream, Beer and Wine ~ The Twisted Cellar


Pilot Dress-Up Contest

Noon - 3:00 pm

Bicentennial Historical Museum Tours

Aviation Movie Event ~ ”Fly Boys”


SUNDAY July 13, 2014

Idaho County Airport

8:00 AM –Noon

Warbird Air Fair ~ Self-Guided Aircraft Tours

Warbird Flights ~ Purchase Flights in the Legendary Aircraft

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Breakfast ~ The Twisted Cellar

Warbird Weekend 2014 Poster


Friday, 23 August 2013 14:22

2nd Annual Warbird Weekend - A Great Success

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Warbird Weekend, sponsored by Idaho County and area organizations and businesses - including Anderson Aeromotive, was developed to promote the county-operated airport for regional business development and as a gateway to the region's back country wilderness.  For this year’s event aircraft flew in from Idaho, Washington and Oregon: a 1927 Travel Air, four PT Military Stearman biplanes, the only existing Boeing 40 biplane, three North American trainers -- two T-6 aircraft and a 1943 AT-6D, a 1943 Fairchild PT-26, a Chinese Nanchang CJ-6, a Howard DGA-15P, and two from the Historic Flight Foundation (HFF) in Mukilteo, Wash.: a B-25D Mitchell bomber, and a Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat.

The two day event brings a unique opportunity to show case the Idaho County Airport and the economic potential the area holds.  Online and print advertising for the event reached over 97,000 people in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana and around the US - promoting the Idaho County Airport as a place to come visit and do business with.  The event began in 2012 with 4 planes and a crowd turnout estimated at 1,200-1,700.  In its second year, Warbird Weekend soared to 14 planes and an estimated crowd of 2,500-3,500.  "We had a great turnout from the public," said coordinator Melisa Bryant, economic development specialist for the Ida-Lew Economic Development Council. Pilots' comments about the event were highly positive with many indicating a desire to return for next year.

Monday, 13 August 2012 16:40

Warbird Weekend 2012

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"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.”


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.



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.


"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.


"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."


Contact Info

for assistance please contact:

Ida-Lew Economic Development


Phone: 208.983.8302


300 W. Main St. Ste 201

Grangeville, ID 83530


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