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.

Budd Wentz passed away Jan 10, 2015

Budd Wentz

William Budd Wentz, M.D. died peacefully on January 10, 2015 at the age of 90.  Budd was born on August 9, 1924 to Alonzo Budd Wentz and Bessie Mitchell Wentz. Growing up in Riverside, New Jersey, Budd had an adventurous and eventful childhood growing up in the Great Depression and experiencing the events leading up to World War II.

Click on the picture to go to Budd’s full obituary.

F-16 Crosses the Road

General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon 80-0513 on the way to Pima Air and Space Museum, 8 January 2015


This is a picture of F-16A 80-0513 that was pulled across the road from 309 AMARG in Tucson, AZ to PIMA Air Museum. It is the F-16 that will be transported to MAPS Air Museum and added to our inventory. The target date of the pickup is the first week of March 2015. We have been looking forward to this acquisition for several years and she will be a wonderful addition to MAPS. I would like to thank all of the people who have worked to bring her here.

Jan 10 & 11 Blood Drive

Thank You to all the people who braved the cold weather to give blood in support of Aultman Hospital and The Ohio National Guard.  We are planning to do it again this summer when it is a little warmer in the hangar. Over 45 people were able to donate blood for the event which will provide $1,000 for our Ohio National Guard Family Services. Thank you to everyone involved.


Aultman Hospital has contacted the Troop & Family Assistance Center in North Canton, looking to support our military and their families. As part of their “Companies Care” Blood Drive Incentive Program, Aultman Hospital reached out to Huntington Bank, and they have agreed to make this event a huge success by matching the amount of gift cards the TFAC office receives from Aultman Hospital.photo

The Blood Drive will take place at MAPS Museum in North Canton. Please feel free to tell your families and friends about this event. The drive will be open through regular business hours at the MAPS Museum, Saturday, Jan 10th 9:00am-4:30, and Sunday, January 11th 11:00am-4:30pm. The address is 2260 International Pkwy, North Canton, OH 44720.

Click HERE to download Aultman Hospital Requirements to give blood.

All Blood Donors will be admitted to the museum free of charge. Normal admission charges will apply for all other visitors.


Ron Chumbley passed away

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we report the passing of MAPS member Ron Chumbley 79. Our friend Ron, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm. 
Ron was an active member, he spent the winters in Florida and summers in Ohio. About about 2 years ago poor health caused Ron to summer in Florida, unable to return to Akron. Ron moved around MAPS on a 3 wheeled electric scooter and Ron spent his summers helping keep the grass mowed.  Ron was a quiet person but you could easily get a smile from him. 
Allen and Carol Swain recently traveled to Florida and made arrangements to return Ron to Akron.  They chartered an airplane and Ron spent the trip gazing out of window, wide awake and smiling most of the time.
Services are pending and will be passed on when the information becomes available.
Ron & Dick (1)
This is how we should all remember Ron as he is pictured in his suspenders leaning on his golf cart talking to Dick Stahl (foreground).
Ron’s service’s:
Monday, December 29th, 2014
11:00am with funeral to follow at 12 noon
Eckard Baldwin Funeral Home
Address: 760 East Market Street, Akron, OH 44305


Burley Sands passes away at 90

A former member of MAPS passed away.  His name is Burley Sands from Louisville.  He was from the early days when all we had was restoration building.  Burley, pretty much by himself, hung and wired all the lights that are in the restoration building. Burley Sands

Click on the picture to go to Burley’s obituary.

Friends of Super Sabre now part of MAPS


FSS is an organization created by the vision of Bob Dunham with the mission to “Preserve the Legacy of the F-100.” Bob passed away last Spring and Ken Ramsay has worked with FSS to transfer A full tractor trailer load of material from Texas to Ohio. The items transferred included; J-57 in canister, Tow Target Dart, Refueling Hose w/basket, Ejection Seat, military aviation books , magazines, technical reference books for numerous aircraft platforms plus memorabilia donated by officers and enlisted from around the world. Special thanks to Jerry Leek and Wayne Noall for making the trip to Texas and back.

Click HERE to go to the explanation of the museum transfer.

Dunham transfer


Mike Dunham presents MAPS with a picture of the Thunderbirds when they were F-100′s


Refueling BasketRefueling hose with basket attached. What a wonderful educational devise. We will do our best to keep Mr. Dunham’s vision and mission alive at MAPS Air Museum.