Granddaughter of aviation pioneer speaks in Nampa

Posted at 6:07 PM, Aug 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-28 20:18:31-04

It's not every day you get to see an antique fighter plane up close but folks in the Treasure Valley got a special treat this weekend. Planes that are normally on display at the Warhawk Air Museum took flight.

People came out in numbers to see the war planes in action, and the Warbird Roundup airplanes were a sight to see.

Many also came to hear what the granddaughter of General Jimmy Doolittle had to say.

Jonna Doolittle Hoppes calls Nampa's aviation museum a home away from home. However, her focus is not necessarily on sharing her grandfather's story.

"My grandfather's story is the springboard to point out how important every veteran's story is," she said.

The Doolittle Raid was an air attack on Japan. It was the first air strike to hit the islands.

"They took an airplane that was designed to go off a runway, put 16 of them in an aircraft carrier and attacked Japan," said Kent Collins, a museum volunteer.

Collins shares a piece of his family's history pointing out how young the troops were who fought in WWII.

"My dad was in WWII when he was 17," Collins said. "He really should have been trying to figure out who he was taking to prom and he was on a ship."

When General Doolittle was awarded the Medal of Honor, he excepted it on behalf of all of the men who flew with him.

Hoppes believes that without the team effort, our freedom would have been in jeopardy.

"The liberty that we enjoy today was purchased with young lives and we should never ever forget the kids who died so that we can be free," Hoppes said.

The Warbird Roundup event is the museum's largest fundraiser of the year.