MAPS Fall 2018 Boy Scout Campout

The MAPS Fall Boy Scout Campout wrapped up early September and it was a very successful turn out with wonderful weather for the Scouts. They learned, they had fun, and they earned their Aviation Merit Badges. Watch for information for our next Campout next Spring! Our thanks to all the Troops that took part. The […]

Republic F-84F “Thunderstreak”

The MAPS F-84 was recovered from a private collector in N.E. Ohio. The aircraft was parked in the middle of the yard surrounded by various airplanes and other items. Its recovery can only be described as taking the ship out of the bottle!  The effort of the all volunteer recovery crew is something to be […]

Martin B-26 “Marauder”

Aircraft Background The Marauder, a medium-range bomber, posted the lowest loss rate, about 1%, of USAAF combat planes during World War II. The B-26 was used most effectively for bombing raids on railroad depots, bridges, and airfields, and it developed an excellent reputation as a dam buster Our Aircraft’s History MAPS B-26, the 99th Marauder […]

Loral GZ-22 “Spirit of Akron”

Aircraft Background Originally built for the purpose of demonstrating the modern military capability of airships to the US Navy, the GZ-22 was originally designed by Goodyear but built by Loral after Goodyear withdrew from airship manufacturing. The GZ-22 had a steel framed and composite skinned gondola with a neoprene-impregnated polyester 2-ply envelope filled with helium. […]

Reamer E. Buzz Sewell

The MAPS Air Museum Curator Staff has just completed the latest major display for the museum. WWII B26 “Bombigator” Reamer E. “Buzz” Sewell’s sons, Tom and Doug Sewell, had generously loaned/donated their father’s wartime memorabilia, diaries, and artifacts, including many rare POW items. This is the first display that will have a link on the […]

Republic F-105 “Thunderchief” or “Thud”

Aircraft Background Formerly assigned to the Florida Military Aviation Museum at Clearwater-St. Petersburg Airport, when the museum closed the aircraft were removed from the facility and placed in outside storage. Officially a part of the U.S. Air Force Museum, Wright Patterson AFB collection, the F-105B has just been placed on indefinite loan to MAPS Air […]