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. […]

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 […]

Martin Glider

Built in 1908 by Canton native William H. Martin the Martin Glider was one of the first mono-wing designs in aviation. Its first flight was on January 12, 1909, during which it flew at a height of roughly 20 feet, with an air speed of 20 miles per hour. Because Martin’s wife Almina weighed less […]

Bell OH-58A “Kiowa”

Aircraft Background Awarded the contract in March 1968, the Bell manufactured light observation helicopter Similar to the civilian Bell 206A, the OH-58 features an increased diameter main rotor, and upgraded electrical system. Used in a forward observation / reconnaissance role, the OH-58 will frequently be paired with one of the Army’s attach aircraft in “hunter/killer” […]

Lockheed T-33 “Shooting Star”

Aircraft History The T-33 was the most widely used jet trainer in the world. A two-seat version of the USAF’s first jet fighter, the F-80 Shooting Star, the T-33 continues to serve in various armed forces today. The T-33 is a F-80 with a lengthened fuselage to make room for the second tandem seat. It […]