NAMPA -- This weekend was the Warbird Roundup at the Warhawk Museum in Nampa. The museum gives people a first-person look at U.S. military aircrafts.

"It gives people a feel for what the actual experiences were like," said Donald Carson, a volunteer at the museum. "A lot of students come through here on school tours, they see and hear things here they'll never see in school."

Carson said he hears great things about museum from out-of-town visitors, as the reputation and programs have spread across the country.

"The emphasis is on the individual story and that's the key," said Carson. "All these planes in the world are worth nothing if you didn't have the people to fly them. Even though they may not have been the best at the time, our people were trained and they knew how to take advantage of it, and that's why we were able to survive wars."

He has his own story of wars. Carson is a Vietnam War veteran. Born and raised in Idaho, he joined the Idaho National Guard in 1963. Saturday, AARP sponsored Carson to take a ride in an AT-6 Texan.

"I appreciate it," he said. "Being a volunteer and having some veteran's experience, having some other qualification that go along with it, they picked me and gave me the chance and I appreciate it very much. It was a very enjoyable experience."

The Warbird Roundup continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with flights starting at 10 a.m.

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