Military Aviation Preservation Society is a mostly all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the history of military aviation.
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MAPS Air Museum flags are at half mast for our friend, Congressman Ralph Regula who died at the age of 92. May you rest in peace Congressman.
The games will be on Saturday July 15, 2017 at Canal Park. Click on the picture to purchase tickets. It is for a great cause, they are sending kids to the Akron Rotary Camp. Please come to MAPS for Pancakes then go to the ball park to support these brave veterans.
MAPS Air Museum will hold their Summer Pancake Breakfast on Saturday July 15 from 8:00 – 1:00 come join the fun and see what we have accomplished since your last visit.
MAPS Air Museum will host the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour August 11 – 13, 2017. If you haven’t seen these wonderful WWII Airplanes please plan to come this year because it is something you will never forget.
Jim Baker passed away on October 31, 2016 and we have been notified by the Akron Community Foundation that we have received a large donation from Mrs. Baker in his name to the MAPS Endowment Fund. Jim was a long time member and volunteer at MAPS and we have missed him. To read more about our friend Jim, click HERE.
MAPS Air Museum received an operational grant from the McAlonan Fund of the Akron Community Foundation. This grant will be designated for our education program in Summit County and will help bring summit county high schools to our US History Program. Last year Green, Manchester, Hoban, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, and Norton. This grant fully funded 1,224 students and 43 teachers on a field trip to MAPS where they were treated to a briefing from Colonel Kimball and a tour that focused on Ohio US History Standards. We want to thank the McAlonan Foundation and Akron Community Foundation for their support and generosity.
MAPS Air Museum received a grant from The Timken Foundation. This grant will be used for Phase II of the second floor renovation. The foundation was instrumental in Phase I which included the elevator, radiant heat and the storage room. (The OMM Room was funded by the Ward and Joy Timken Foundation)
Phase II will include the meeting room (funded by Green Lions Club), the restrooms and HVAC for the entire second floor. Phase III (start 2018) will complete the banquet hall and the museum rooms. Phase IV (start 2019) will complete the kitchen.
We want to thank the Timken Foundation, Louise Timken Foundation and Ward and Joy Timken Foundation for their support and guidance over the years. They have been responsible for funding the following improvements:
- renovating all of the restrooms in the hangar
- renovating the gift shop
- renovating the Gallery of Heroes
- renovating the Louise Timken Research Library
- repairing the roofs
- renovating the Ohio Military Room
- installing the radiant heat in the hangar
- installing the elevator
- purchasing bricks for the banding around the hangar
The MAPS Legacy Award was presented at the Green Freedom Fest on June 24, 2017. It is awarded to MAPS Members who:
- had a distinguished military service or have supported our programs that honor our veterans.
- have contributed to their community organizations
- have lived their lives as role models for our young
- and have significantly contributed to the success of MAPS Air Museum
2017 Award Recipients
Bob and Pat Schwartz – Rick Hamlet – Mary Ann and Jim Cameron
Note: Kim Kovesci and Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer were also in the picture.
Congratulations to all and thank you for your service to MAPS Air Museum.
MAPS was pleased to have Mr. Bob Redfern of the Military Collectors Television Series visit the museum on June 20th.
Mr. Redfern shown in these pictures along with Mr. Reed Kimball the Education Director here at MAPS, was filming for a feature on the MAPS Air Museum for his show that will air in December of this year on the Pursuit Channel.
More information on the show will be provided at a later date so “Stay Tuned”.
MAPS also sends a big Thank You to the Fairfield Inn and Suites – Canton South, located at 4025 Greentree Ave, Canton (330-484-0300) for providing the accommodations for the TV crew while they were here in town.
Four MAPS Members; Doug Perry, Don Block, Bob Withee and Kim Kovesci were interviewed on WHBC for a Memorial Day Show hosted by Pam Cook and Joe Palmisano.
To listen to the two hour program click on the following link, HERE then click on, Podcast, then Memorial Day Podcast 2017.