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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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2016 MAPS Raffle Winners Selected

The 2016 MAPS Raffle winners were selected at the end of the monthly Membership Meeting on April 9.  We want to thank everyone who helped make this a tremendous success with record breaking results. We grossed over $14,000 in sales from our membership's effort. The following winners were pulled.

$1,000 - Liz August
$500 - Rick Willaman
$250 - David Stanley
$125 - Vickie Johnson
$75 - Ronald Peura
$50 - Richard Mortland

Again Thank You for your support to MAPS Air Museum.

Women History Month "Fly Girls"

“Fly Girls” tells little-known tale of WASP members who flew aircraft, including bombers

Fly Girls coverIn recognition of March as Women’s History Month, the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s History Book Club @ Main Library will host “Fly Girls,” a one-hour PBS American Experience documentary, Wednesday, March 2, at 1:30 pm. at Main Library in downtown Akron.

“Fly Girls” tells the largely unknown story of the more than 1,000 women, all civilian volunteers, who flew almost every type of military aircraft — including the B-26 and B-29 bombers — as part of the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) program. They flew new aircraft long distances from factories to military bases and departure points across the United States, and tested newly overhauled planes. WASPs towed targets to give ground and air gunners training shooting — with live ammunition. Thirty-eight women would give their lives.

The documentary is being presented in Summit County by Ray Hoffman, representing the National WASP World War II Museum of Sweetwater, Texas. A question-and-answer session will follow. Juanita Speck, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Firestone Post 3383, will introduce Mr. Hoffman.

Parking is available in the adjacent High/Market Street deck. No registration necessary.
For more information, call 330-643-9020, or visit www.akronlibrary.org.

BSA Scheduled Events

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We have scheduled our Winter Cub Scout/Girl Scout Day for Feb 20,2016.

We have scheduled our Spring Boy Scout Campout for May 13, 14, & 15, 2016.

Note: 2016 Spring Campout was delayed one week from May 6 to May 13.

We have scheduled our Fall Boy Scout Campout for Sept 16, 17, & 18, 2016.

Click on the Highlight Blue Letters to download the brochure on the event.

Note: We are looking forward to hosting the BSA Cub Scout Summer Camp from July 16 - 23, 2016

2016 - Welcomed with New Flags

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I can't think of anything more important than starting 2016 with brand new flags. Rick Hamlet, Bob Schwartz, Steve Satchell and I braved the bitter cold wind to setup the adjustments of our new flags. They were provided by Rolling Thunder Chapter #2, Ty Geiser.

IMG_1052During the current threat of terrorism and the finger pointing going on in our government, it is very important that we remember what made this country strong. It was compromise, having a sense for the big picture, doing what is right for the common people and respecting our first responders and veterans. Placing new larger flags on our poles at MAPS seems very appropriate at this very important time in our country's history. When you see a fireman, policeman or veteran, walk up, shake their hand and thank them for their service. Let's go back to the basics and start caring about each other.

God Bless our wonderful Country, MAPS Air Museum and our Membership.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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MAPS will be closed December 31, beginning at 1:00. We will reopen for normal hours on Saturday January 2, 2016.

I would like to thank all of our visitors, members and volunteers for another record breaking year. I am putting together the accomplishments and am amazed at the progress we have made in 2015. We will cover everything that happened in 2015 in the February membership meeting.

We need your help in keeping this ball rolling. If you would like to volunteer, please get with one of the directors or myself. We need a bunch of tour guides and will be working on a lot of construction projects during the winter.

Thanks again for your support. Kim Kovesci, Executive Director