Nampa, Idaho, Wednesday, October 19, 2022: The Spirit of Flight Foundation museum opened its new facility at the Nampa Municipal Airport on Saturday, October 1, 2022. “We are excited to be able to open the doors of the Spirit of Flight museum after eighteen hard months of work to construct it,” said Gordon Page, President of the Spirit of Flight Foundation.
The new facility features the World Class Spirit of Flight collection to inspire generations to explore aviation and aviation history. In addition, flying aircraft are on display to promote living history through ride experiences. The Spirit of Flight facility is also home for Spirit of Flight Productions. “The main building is 8000 sq. ft. with 3200 sq. ft. of office and gallery space. The museum site allows for a future 3600 sq. ft. building to compliment the Spirit of Flight Center campus,” said Gordon Page.
The museum held an opening to the public on October 1st that featured aircraft flyovers, Door Prizes, Food, Music, Museum Gallery tours, and a special presentation by Navy Top Gun, John Flanagan. “We were excited to show off the new Museum facility at what we called our Grand Opening Light,” said Page. “We have a lot more to do and add, but wanted to show the community what we are doing to save aviation history.”
The museum holds several fundraisers each year for the non-profit Spirit of Flight Foundation. “We worked extremely hard to relocate the museum from Colorado to Idaho,” said museum Director and Co-Founder, Tracey Page. She added, “Visitors won’t want to miss the Women in Aviation display at the new Museum. It’s incredible!”
The Spirit of Flight Founders Project is underway which allows supporters of the new museum to make tax-deductible donations. A new granite monument at the Spirit of Flight museum will recognize donors who are part of the Founders Project. Information can be found on the museum website at www.spiritofflight.org as well as at the Museum facility.
“It’s been a crazy few years trying to find a new home for the Spirit of Flight,” said museum Director, Chris Pedersen. He added, “Visitors will be impressed at how the collection is set up in Nampa. It’s a wonderful facility!”
About the Spirit of Flight Foundation and Museum
Founded in 1998, the non-profit Spirit of Flight Foundation features over 2000 aviation artifacts at the museum facility in Nampa, Idaho. Aircraft in the collection include a James Bond BD-5 jet, a 1947 Race Plane built by Art Chester, a 1936 Lockheed 12A, and a Radioplane target drone, built in the factory where Marilyn Monroe was discovered. The Spirit of Flight Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and uses tax-deductible donations to support its mission to save aviation history. Contact the Spirit of Flight Foundation at www.spiritofflight.org for more information.