NOTE: Each new Member News item is “pushed” down the list. 

MAPS on the YouTube blog, TheUnknownRoad

11/15/18 – Here is a blog post, via YouTube, on TheUnknownRoad.  They originate from Indiana and it is always good to hear what the other side has to say about the MAPS Air Museum.  

MAPS on TheUnknownRoad

Cookies needed for Santa Fly-in

11/11/18 – Organizers for the Santa Fly-in on Sunday, December 9th from 1-3 PM are seeking cookie donations for the kids.  This year, they are asking donations to be done by putting 3 cookies each in baggies/ziplocks to help ensure all the kids get some and passed out in a more efficient way.

Louise Timken Aviation Library opening longer

11/11/18 – The goal of MAPS members in the Louise Timken Aviation Library is to be open during the same hours as the MAPS Air Museum starting in the new year.  They are seeking volunteers to staff the library with at least 1 person during open hours.  Inquire with Barb Johnston if you would like to help or have any questions.  

MAPS Legacy Award ceremony being combined

11/11/18 – FYI: The MAPS Legacy Award ceremony is being incorporated into the yearly Member Christmas dinner.  

Inexpensive weekly lunch available for MAPS Members

11/11/18 – Members, you all have an inexpensive lunch available to you at the MAPS lunchroom, where you can have a pleasant and relaxed conversation with other members.  Volunteers donate time and food for you!  From approximately 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM every Saturday, there will be hot-dogs, assorted chips/snacks, a different dessert and a hot soup (cold item during summer) for your enjoyment.  Donations are encouraged.  A donation of $1 per item is recommended to help this inexpensive offering continue into the future. Surplus monies are given to the MAPS general fund.

Save ACME receipts

11/11/18 – Save and turn in your ACME receipts so that MAPS can get a rebate.  This is a simple and “no cost” way to help MAPS raise more money.

Tour Guide Training Soon

11/11/18 – With multiple high-school tours coming up soon, Reed Kimball will be having 7 training sessions available for your choosing.  All of them are Saturday from 1-3 PM.  Dates are: 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19 and 1/26.  MAPS is always in need of more tour guides.  Being educated on MAPS information is key on ensuring our visitors get the most out of our aviation history.  Let Reed know ASAP if you can attend one of the dates.

2018 MAPS Christmas Party Information

11/11/18 – “Ugly Sweater” Christmas Dinner for MAPS members – Our annual MAPS Volunteer Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 8th, at 6 PM in the hangar.  The cost is $15.00 per person and due at the time of sign-up to either Kim or Reed.  The deadline for signing up is Saturday, December 1st.  Mr. Mike’s will be catering our dinner!

Mrs. Claus and Elf will be back entertaining our guests! We would like our volunteers to share a favorite Christmas picture or two for a little surprise.The picture could be of family, friends, or military…just make sure you are in it!  Send the pictures (jpg) via email to kinney.valerie@mapsairmuseum.orgby December 1st.

Remember, we are supporting the CAK Ohio National Guard Food Bank.  Bring donations to the Christmas Party of non-perishable foods, toiletries or monetary donation to MAPS throughout the month(s) of (November) and December. Help make a merrier holiday for our military families!

Dessert/cookies donations for the event are requested.  Any left over usable desserts/cookies will be utilized the next day at the Santa Fly-in.

This Saturday’s Akron Symphony concert link updated

If you were trying to buy tickets to this Saturday’s Akron Symphony Youth Concert and were not able to due to a bad link, that has been corrected.  The youth symphony’s website had started using a new website and we just now heard about it.   Sorry for the confusion, if any.  Link to the concert is ready to sell you tickets!

Members thoughts on the updated MAPS Website

MAPS’ (relatively new) webmaster, Ronald Schultz, is seeking input from the membership on your thoughts on the current website (as of today, 10/30/18).  The website has been updated or renovated throughout.  Is it more user-friendly?  Come across any broken links, spelling errors or have updated facts (please reference where you can).  Have an idea that can be added to the website?  Email Ron at  Thank you!

Obituaries Page combined

In the continued pursuit to streamline the MAPS website, we are reducing/combining redundant pages when able.  The Obituaries page is going to be discontinued (they were published on both the Obits and Member news pages).  Future OBIT’s will be published on this MAPS Member News feed (along with other news).  You can always look for the previous OBIT information via the search engine on the right side column. Below is a re-posting of previous Page’s OBIT section.

2018 obituaries of those who were volunteers at MAPS Air Museum
2017 obituaries of those who were volunteers at MAPS Air Museum
2016 obituaries of those who were volunteers at MAPS Air Museum
2015 obituaries of those who were volunteers at MAPS Air Museum
2014 obituaries of those who were volunteers at MAPS Air Museum
2013 obituaries of those who were volunteers at MAPS Air Museum
2012 obituaries of those who were volunteers at MAPS Air Museum

MAPS Member News

Theodore “Ted” Vozenilek passed away

Theodore “Ted” Vozenilek, age 84 of Massillon, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.
He was born April 22, 1934, in Uniontown, PA the son of the late Emil and Judith (Jasenka) Vozenilek.
Ted was an Army Reservist.
Ted was a 1959 graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University.  He was a retired aeronautical engineer of 42 years working at Westinghouse Research, Babcock and Wilcox, and Wright Tool and Forge Co.
He was a member of Church of the Lakes United Methodist Church, a member of the Hall of Fame Lunch Group, and a volunteer at Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) for over 20 years.
Ted is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis (Lelux) Vozenilek; children, Michael (Theresa) Vozenilek and Terri (Robert) Hall; four grandchildren, Courtney and Kyle Vozenilek, Kamryn and Heather Hall; three great-grandchildren, McKayla, Grace, and Hunter.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Emil Vozenilek.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Heitger Funeral Home Jackson Chapel, 5850 Wales Ave NW, from 6pm to 8pm.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 11am, calling hours an hour prior to the service at Church of the Lakes United Methodist Church with Rev. Bryan George officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to MAPS, 2260 International Parkway North Canton, OH 44720 or Church of the Lakes, 1753, 5944 Fulton Dr NW, Canton, OH 44718.
Condolences to the family may be made at
Heitger Funeral Home and Crematory 330-830-0148

James Mosley passed away

Jim Mosley passed away on September 5, 2018 at the age of 88. Jim was a long time member of MAPS, he served as a director during a very difficult time and is considered one of the key leaders who saved our organization. Click HERE to read his obituary.

Jun-Aug 2018 Briefing Published

Click HERE to go to the Briefing.

Len Palmer passed away

Len Palmer passed away on May 8, 2018 at the age of 68. Len was a recent addition to the MAPS Board of Directors and was very active in the BT-13 renovation project. [More Information]

Results of the 2018 MAPS Raffle

Here are the results of the 2018 Raffle: $1,000 Pat Ryan $500 Al Bachman $250 Dale Ryba $125 Gary Shorter $75 Don Neidert $50 Larry Perkins We want to thank everyone who supported this year’s Raffle by either buying or selling tickets. This program us pay the utilities during the coldest part of the year.

Results of Akron Beacon Journal, “Beacon’s Best 2017”

MAPS Air Museum was the winner in the Beacon’s Best for the Category of Museum. MAPS received a 3rd place Best things to do under $10, 3rd place for Kids/Family Outing. We received top ten for three other categories, Area Attraction/non-sport, Party Center/Event Hall and Wedding Venue. Congratulations to the membership for great results.

Ralph Lynn passed away

Ralph Lynn passed away at the age of 98 on March 16. Ralph was very active past his 95th birthday until declining health caused him to move to Laurens, South Carolina to live with his daughter. [More Information]

A special April Briefing has been published to honor Ralph. [More Information]

Sandy Aegerter passed away

Sandy Aegerter passed away at the age of 75 on August 14, 2017. Sandy is the wife of Henry Aegerter a very important member of our volunteers in the restoration department. [More Information]

Jim Baker passed away

Jim Baker passed at age 81 on October 31, 2016. He was a good friend and a great volunteer at MAPS. [More Information]

Milan Savan passed away

Milan Savan 12-16-2016: Milan Joined MAPS in June 2008 and volunteered as a tour guide until April 2015.  Milan volunteered on Tuesdays and also for special events.  Milan really enjoyed being a tour guide and was very easy to talk to. [More Information]

Three of our members passed away in July and August
Alvin Tharp passed away

Alvin was a member for the past couple years. [More Information]

Robert Kleinknecht passed away

Bob was a member and the father of Kent who is a very active member. [More Information]

Gregory Maternowski passed away

Greg was with for just a short time, joining in January of 2014.  He was very active for the first 7 months until medical issue’s caused him to curtail his activities. [More Information]

Jim Bede passed away

A pioneer in the aviation industry he was a mentor and a friend to everyone who had the dream to own and fly their own plane. [More Information]

Art Rohr passed away

WWII vet, 93 years old.  His services should be in the paper soon and Bob Schwartz will send out a mass email.  Art had joined in 2011.

Bud Mock passes on 6-29-2015

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of long time MAPS member Bud Mock. Bud passed away yesterday, Monday June 29, 2015.  Bud was a WWII veteran and retired from Goodyear. At MAPS Bud was on the Spirit of Akron restoration crew and also worked on the B-26.  Bud had been inactive due to health issues since 2011. Bud had been a active member since 1999. [More Information]

Director’s Election

Directors for 2015 – 2017 term have been voted with the following results. We want to thank all the candidates for their interest in serving as a director.

  • Bob Hollis
  • Jim Jackson
  • Wayne Noall
  • Ken Ramsay
June 14, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – Unveiling Jean Ann’s Plaques

Please join us on Flay Day and Bob Withee’s Birthday for an unveiling of the granite plaques that will be mounted around Jean Ann’s base. The ceremony will begin at 1:00 at the monument. After the ceremony, we will have a reception/birthday party in the hangar. Please bring a dessert to share, we will get a small cake.

Bob Withee's Plane - Jean Ann
Bob Withee’s Plane – Jean Ann
Members Die in plane crash

We have lost two MAPS Members and two very nice people. George and Pamela Ihrig Fonseca died after a small plane crash in southwestern Virginia. They were very supportive of the museum and our mission. “Flying was their passion and they did everything together” according to Michael Kelly, their son-in-law. [More Information]

George and Pamela Ihrig Fonseca
George and Pamela Ihrig Fonseca