MAPS Member News

This page has been created to communicate news to our members.

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