Ground Breaking for P-51 Ceremony

On Wednesday Oct 2, 2013, we conducted a ground breaking ceremony for the P-51 Memorial on Massillon Road. City of Green, Mayor Norton and CAK Airport President along with a National Guard Captain Brian Eshbock and Bob Withee performed the ceremony. Thank you all for supporting MAPS Air Museum over the years and I know we are all looking forward to seeing the various stages of the construction. Here we go!3630

 Gary Brown the Canton Repository, click HERE to see the article. Thank You.

George Davis Akron Beacon Journal, click HERE to see the article. Thank You.

Jim Mesko wrote an article for the Suburbanite, click HERE to see the article. Thank You.

Reed Kimball takes a break to pickup where Jim Boyea left off.

Wow – Jim Boyea spent several weeks sanding and painting the Gull Gray Base Color on the doors. The new coat of paint really made the building start to come alive and now the letters have turned a lot of heads. Reed Kimball demonstrated his engineering skills when he took a break from his scheduling and education duties to create a set of drawings then paint the M A P S Letters on the doors on the new maintenance building.

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Now when you come up the hill to the museum you cannot miss the new M A P S on the doors of the building. Thank you Reed for painting on your day off and Jim for all your great work to get the doors ready for their new letters. Great Job to both of you!

This is only what you can see that is going on. On the inside of the building we have a bunch of guys leaded by Jim Shoop and Jim Jackson who have worked like men possessed to cleanup the interior. I cannot believe that they have made so much progress is such a short time. Wonderfull job and please keep up the good work.

MAPS Air Museum #1 ABJ Best Museum for 2013

MAPS Air Museum received the #1 first place in the Akron Beacon’s Best Award in the Museum category for the second year in a row. #2 Akron Art Museum #3 Stan Hywet Hall and Garden. Honorable Mention: Bath Township Museum, Cascade Locks Park Association, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Natural History Museum, Hale Farms and Village, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

MAPS Air Museum also received a #3 in Best Area Attraction (non-sporting) #1 Akron Zoo, #2 Akron Art Museum, Honorable Mention: Akron Symphony Orchestra, Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market, Lock 3, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.

We want to thank everyone who voted for MAPS Air Museum for these prestigious awards. The community is noticing all the great things that our members are doing. Keep up the good work and Thank You for your efforts.

MAPS supports KSU Aviation Day

Click this picture to see more from the event. (thanks to Mitch Crawford) Thank you for the invitation to KSU and thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who made the trip to Kent. Pictured below are the two Key-note Speakers, P-51 WWII Pilot Bob Withee and B-24 WWII Pilot Ralph Lynn.

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Members from MAPS Air Museum will attend the Kent State Aviation Heritage Fair held at the KSU Airport on Saturday September 14, 2013 from 7:00 to 5:00.

Two of our WWII Pilots will give talks during the event, Ralph Lynn (B-24) and Bob Withee (P-40 & P-51).

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MAPS welcomes two local COC

Click the Picture to link to Jackson-Belden COC website. They have a wonderful gallery that shows a pictorial history of the September 11, 2013 event. Thank You!

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The Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce and the North Canton Chamber of Commerce presents the MAPS Business Showcase.

The MAPS Business Showcase event is on September 11, 2013 this year and it will be better than ever! Admission is $5 and children under age 12 are free. This is a tabletop Business Showcase and will give local Business and Entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their products and services and to also show off Northeast Ohio’s Center of Aviation History. If you’re a vendor or business owner and interested in a table, there are a few remaining – they are $50 and you’re allowed to sell from the table. Call The Jackson-Belden Chamber at (330) 833-4400 for more information. Join us from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for planes, museum, food, fun, door prizes and networking!! The MAPS Air Museum is located at 2260 International Parkway, North Canton, Oh 44720-1375

Sponsors: Akron/Canton Airport, Fox & Hound English Pub & Grille, Northeast Ohio Digital, Sully’s Tool & Party Rental and Staff at The Jackson-Belden Chamber

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.