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.

MAPS – Monster Mash – Oct 31

You have been invited to the event: MAPS – Monster Mash by Victoria Hammer

Start date: Fri, Oct 31, 7:30 PM
Location: MAPS Air Museum – 2260 International Parkway – North Canton
Event host: Victoria Hammer
Cost: $35 per person
Click HERE to see the details of the event.

To go to TicketRiver to purchase tickets to this event, click HERE

2014 MAPS Legacy Award Ceremony

The first annual MAPS Legacy Awards. Three veterans will receive this award at Canton’s First Friday event on July 4th.  The award ceremony will take place at the old “Kresge” block located between 3rd and 4th streets on Market Ave North. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm and last about an hour.


left to right: Lt Bob Withee (P-40 & P-51), Don Block (B-26), Ralph Lynn (B-24)

Voting Results for MAPS Director Positions

The following are the results of the voting that took place at our June 21 Annual Membership Meeting.
Two Year Term Directors for 2014-2016
Rick Hamlet, Val Kinney and Bob Schwartz
One Year Term 2014-2015 (vacated by Kent Kleinknecht)
Jim Jackson
Thank you for all who have served, volunteered to serve and those who voted.

Ken White Passes away at 91

We received notification today that WWII veteran and MAPS member Ken White passed way on June 18th. Ken had joined MAPS in August 2008 and was our safety officer.

Ken White

In Memory of
1922 - 2014

Kenneth Franklynn White, 91, of Akron, passed away June 18, 2014. He was born in Cleveland, OH on July 15, 1922 to the late Frank and Elsie White. He was in the Navy, employed at Goodyear Tire, a member of the Mason Adorniram-Joppa Lodge No. 0517 and many other organizations.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth.

Ken is survived by his daughters, Kathy (David) Morris and Karen (Michael) Jewell; grandchildren, Rebecca (Tim), Rachel (Matt), Carl (Christine); great-granddaughter, Michelle; nephew, Ron (Patty) Halvorson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Red Cross.

Rick Jones Passes Away at 65

Rick Jones
August 27, 1948 – June 16, 2014
Eric “Rick” Jones, age 65 of Green, passed away June 16, 2014. He was the loving husband for 35 years of Barb (nee: Kline), proud father of Nathan and Sara (Mark) Titus and dear brother of Alisa (John) Charles. He is also leaves behind many sisters and brothers-in law, nieces and nephews, and longtime friends. He was a proud graduate of Buchtel High School in 1966 and The University of Akron in 1970 with a degree in secondary education.
Rick absolutely loved to teach and was proud to say he was a teacher. He loved and nurtured the many kids he influenced over the years. “Mr. Jones” was a beloved educator in the Barberton School District for two years and then joined the Coventry Local School district for 34 years, retiring in 2006. He wanted to convey his passion for history and government and his love for his country to his junior high and high school students. Rick was very involved in teacher association activities at the local and state level and served as the Vice President of the Ohio Education Association from 1982-1986. He loved classic cars and was a proud owner who won numerous awards for his 1957 Thunderbird and his 1986 Mustang. After retirement, he really enjoyed serving as a tour guide at MAPS (Military Air Preservation Society) in North Canton in keeping with his interest in World War II and military aviation.Nothing gave him greater pleasure than coaching his children’s baseball and softball teams and attending his children’s many sporting events. He was a very proud father of his children’s athletic and academic achievements. 
Rick was an avid Cleveland Brown and Ohio State Buckeye fan. It is his family’s belief that he will personally engineer a Super Bowl win for the Browns someday from above. 

He was proud of his Albanian heritage and was an active member of the American Albanian’s Men’s Club. He was also passionate about rock and roll and firmly believed that the best music was produced in 1966. He enjoyed reading, working on his yard, keeping his cars spotlessly clean (Fords only), and family vacations at Hilton Head. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Faye.
Family will receive friends Friday, June 20, from 4-8 pm at the CATAVOLOS FUNERAL HOME 3653 West Market Street Fairlawn, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10am. Interment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Rick’s name to MAPS (Military Air Preservation Society) 2260 International Parkway, North Canton OH 44720.

June – Aug 2014 Briefing

The June through August Briefing is available. Click HERE to download the Briefing. This is a very important issue because it contains the Bio’s of all of the members that are running for positions on the board of directors.

There are 4 positions open and 6 members who have agreed to run. Voting procedures have been explained in a previous post, scroll down to see this information. The results of the voting will be announced at our annual Membership Meeting on Saturday June 21, which starts at 11:00.


June 14 – 2014 Don Sitts Car Show

Thank You goes out to everyone who helped make the show a big success. We had about 270 beautiful cars, the day was great, we saw a bunch of smiles and made a lot of new friends. It was a wonderful day at MAPS. Thanks Don!

Click HERE to see pictures from Don’s supporting images.

Come join the fun at the Don Sitts Car Show, June 14 at MAPS Air Museum. Click HERE or on Don’s Logo to download the brochure for the event.

Don Sitts Logo