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 […]

McDonnell F-101F “Voodoo”

F-101F Serial Nu: 57-0342 Formerly assigned to the Florida Military Aviation Museum at Clearwater-St. Petersburg Airport, when the museum closed the aircraft was 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-101F been placed on indefinite loan to MAPS Air […]

Grumman F-14B “Tomcat”

The F-14B located at MAPS Air Museum started out life as the 540th F-14A built by Grumman Aircraft Corporation (GAC) at their Bethpage, NY plant. It was accepted by the US Navy at the GAC Calverton, Long Island, NY facility on 1 July 1986. Returned to the Grumman facility in St. Augustine, FL on January […]

Home Built Sopwith Triplane

A home-built in the truest sense of the word, MAPS’ newest aircraft on display was the result of a 20 year from-scratch build by Akron pilot Bill Woodall. Constructed from original Sopwith plans (read Bill’s excellent account of the build and flight testing process above), this is one of only a handful (they say 6 […]

North American F-86D/L “SabreDog”

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-86L has just been placed on indefinite loan to MAPS Air Museum for […]

McDonnell Douglas F-4S “Phantom”

F-4S was the designation applied to 265 (some sources say 248) F-4Js which were upgraded in the mid-1970s. This program was analogous to the Bee Line project in which Navy F-4Bs were upgraded to F-4N standards. The major goal of the upgrade was to prolong the life of the F-4J so that it could remain […]

North American P-51 “Mustang”

This P-51 Mustang was retrieved from a Cleveland Restaurant.  The wings were damaged in 90 – 100 mile winds. A crew from MAPS went to Cleveland and retrieved the plane in cold, rainy and muddy conditions.  The aircraft mock-up is being restored as a monument to our military pilots. Recovery crew: Jim Denning, Larry Lewis, […]