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.

Joseph A. Miller passed away Friday

Joe loved MAPS and was one of our most active volunteers until his illness. He was a great asset and will be missed. We want to thank him for his service to MAPS Air Museum and may our friend, “Rest in Peace.”
Parking Joe Miller Joe doing what he loved to do, “Welcome visitors to MAPS!”
Obituary from www.Ohio.com – Akron Beacon Journal 
Joseph A. Miller, 62, of Akron, passed away on August 29, 2014. He was born on March 12, 1952 in Canton, Ohio to Corvin Sr. and Lorena Miller.
Joe had a passion for aviation and loved volunteering at MAPS Air Museum. He will be deeply missed by his loving daughter, Shawna DiLauro; parents, Corvin and Lorena; brothers, Corvin (Pattie) Jr., Brian, Timothy, and Kevin (Patty); sister, Darcy; grandson, Christian; along with many other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. memorial service with Pastor Les Sutherland officiating. NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 330-784-3334, 131 North Canton Rd, Akron, Ohio 44305
To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.NewcomerAkron.com.  

2014 POWWOW Sept 6 & 7

Please join our Native American Community in a celebration at MAPS Air Museum.

20130914_86We will begin the event at 10:00 AM Saturday until 9:00 PM. It will continue on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Come see the colorful dancers and listen to the historic songs.


B-26 Marauder Reunion Invitation

Steve Thorp has invited MAPS Air Museum Members to participate in the 2014 Akron Marauder Reunion. The Reunion will be held from October 16-18, 2014 and will include a reception/banquet in MAPS Air Museum Hangar.

Click the picture to download the Registration Form. rudder

MAPS – Monster Mash – Oct 31

You are 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
All Proceeds benefit MAPS Air Museum

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

Jim Irving passes on July 26

Jim Irving was an active member up until about 2 years when his restricted his activity.  Jim volunteered in the gift shop on a weekly basis.
James E. Irving

Jim Irving

James E. Irving passed away July 26, 2014.Born June 17, 1929 in Akron, Ohio, James lived most of his life in Tallmadge. He and his brother Thomas ran the Maplecrest Golf Course for over 60 years. He graduated from Kent State University in 1951 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Was as a Lieutenant in the Supply Corps. James was a member of the Sandusky Yacht Club, Mogadore VFW Post #8487, Kent American Legion, Mogadore Moose and volunteered at MAPS (Military Aviation Preservation Society). He enjoyed sailing his boat “Aloha”, golfing, cards, sports, and history. He was preceded in death by his father, James, mother, Lelah, and brother, Thomas James is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and David Sterle; dear friend, Sue Irving; sister-in-law, Lela Irving; niece, Linda (Dan) Martin; nephews, Brian Irving, Paul and Adam Hlivko; great nieces, Abby and Anna Martin; and many friends.

A Memorial Service was held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the DONOVAN FUNERAL HOME, 17 SOUTHWEST AVE. (On the Historical Tallmadge Circle) with Rev. David Zachrich officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MAPS, 2260 International Parkway, North Canton, OH 44720.

Senator Portman – Town Hall

US Senator Rob Portman will be conducting a Veterans Town Hall at MAPS on:
Wednesday August 6, 2014
2:30PM to 3:30PM 
The Senator will speak briefly on the backlog of benefit claims, the recent reports of fraudulent management VHA appointment records and his recently introduced legislation, the Medical Evaluation Parity Act for Service members (MEPS) act. The Senator will then turn it over to the floor to hear the concerns of local veterans.
This event is open to the public, invite your friends and relatives.
If you will attend please click on this link to sign up.  HERE
MAPS does not endorse any political party, political candidate or political issue.  MAPS does not attempt to direct its members as to which candidate or party they should give their votes to.

F9F Cougar runs in the Timken HOF Grand Parade

Thank you goes out to The Pro-Football HOF Committee for inviting MAPS to this year’s parade. A special thanks to the Jackson Police, North Canton Police and all of the MAPS Members who helped transport the airplane to the parade. Several MAPS Members walked in the parade along with Dr. Richard Maioriello’s family. Doc is the owner of the F9F Cougar and actually flew this aircraft for the Navy. Thanks Doc for letting us put her in the parade.


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)