Welcome to MAPS

Military Aviation Preservation Society is a mostly all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the history of military aviation.

Email Blast System
We have created a mass email system for members and non-members that blasts emails about events and also sends copies of our quarterly newsletter, “The Briefing.” Click HERE or on the title above to access the form that adds you into the system.

Raffle Tickes Drawing Results

Winning Raffle Tickets were drawn April 12 at the end of the April Membership Meeting which started at 11:00 AM. The following list the results of the drawing:

1) $1,000 Steve Kunkle – Member
2) $500 Dick Stahl – Member
3) $250 Lois Mosley – Member
4) $125 Ernest Stadvec – Member
5) $75 Carl Dodge – Member
6) $50 Colleen Sommerfield – Sold by Dick Seivert

Final Results, 42% of our membership have $12,870 worth of tickets which is a record for this program. We want to thank everyone who participated in this Annual Fund Raiser. This program makes a significant difference in our ability to become profitable early in the year.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for your support.


P-51 Mounting on Massillon Road

 Congratulations to Crew Chief; Bob Sours, Ron Duplain, Jim Jackson, Jim Shoop, Dave Pawski, Allen Hess, Dave Hoerig and Wayne Noall for their effort to plan and mount the P-51.


Bob Withee and his plane

Bob Withee was able to watch the entire process.

P-51 mounted

Click HERE or on the picture to see more pictures of the mounting. We mounted Jean Ann II on her pole on Saturday April 12 at 1:00pm. It took about 45 min to complete the activity. The crew still has to add the canopy, the air scoop panels do some touchup to the  and paint the pole before she is finished.

Click HERE to see the Akron Beacon Journal Article.

Click HERE to see the Canton Repository Article.

Work will now begin on the rest of the monument. Limestone, stanchions, chain and a walkway made from pavers donated by the Belden Brick Company.

Special thanks to: Jerry Leeks for transporting the aircraft to the site. Mark & Matt Preusser, Jim Vance from Ohio Bridge Stripper Inc. for providing the crane and operator and Mark Stuckey for his expertise for the pole and the mounting structure.

The Move to the Pole

Move to pole

Click on the picture to go to more pictures of the move by Rick Willaman.

Click HERE to go to Pictures by the Massillon Independent.

Putting the P-51 on the small trailer.

P-51 Flying

Click on the picture to go to more pictures by Rick Willaman.

Keith Swinehart passed away

Keith[5]Keith Swinehart passed away on March 13, 2014. Keith is remembered in many ways; MAPS Member, Volunteer, Tour Guide, Director, Safety Director, Restoration Crew of the C-47, but the most important, he was our friend. We lost a good one yesterday. Keith’s infectious laugh will be missed.

Click HERE or the picture to go to Keith’s Obituary.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Reed Funeral Home North Canton on Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Spring 2014 Boy Scout Campout

Flag saluteWe are now accepting registrations for our 4th Annual Spring Boy Scout Campout. It will be held on May 9, 10 & 11. This is Mother’s day weekend but everyone leaves early on Sunday to get home to be with Mom. Click the picture or the below link to download more information and the registration form.

“I am not a fan of mass merit badge classes, I didn’t really want to come, but the Aviation Merit Badge at MAPS Air Museum is an exception. This is a very well run program, we learned a lot and had a great time.”  Scout Master – Buckeye Council

“This is the best run campout-merit badge program that we have been to. We are new to scouting but I think this one will be hard to beat.” Assistant Scout Master – Great Trail Council

We cover the required curriculum associated with earning the BSA Aviation Merit Badge. Imagine, receiving instruction in aerodynamics from a Fighter Pilot on the aircraft he flew in Vietnam, F-100 SuperSabre, or go through a pre-flight with a pilot on his aircraft, or talk about careers from a retired colonel who is our director of education, an aeronautical engineer and retired principal. Saturday evening, we conduct a program of WWII and Vietnam Veterans talking about their experiences.  Then we watch a movie in the hangar.

Space is limited to 250 scouts to insure the quality of the classes, so please contact us as soon as possible to make reservations for your troop. Contact Reed Kimball to secure your space, kimball.reed@mapsairmuseum.org

Click Here to download the Spring 2014 Information and Registration Form.