MAPS Air Museum

MAPS Air Museum The Military Aviation Preservation Society is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the history of military aviation. This is where history takes flight!
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05/29/2020
An Introduction to MAPS Air Museum

Never visited the museum before?

Want to know a little more about who we are and what we do here?

Follow this link to view a less than five minute video to tell you a little about us.

This is a short introduction to the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum in Green, Ohio.

Lest We ForgetPhoto by Victoria Tronina
05/25/2020

Lest We Forget

Photo by Victoria Tronina

A little History "Did You Know"?Did you know that the top of the Empire State Building in New York City was planned to b...
05/21/2020

A little History "Did You Know"?

Did you know that the top of the Empire State Building in New York City was planned to be the docking point for passengers to off load from a Dirigible?

That's right. Above the 102nd floor was the 200 foot tall mast that was to be where airships like Germany's Zeppelins where to have passengers get off!

However, it turned out that parking a huge balloon full of people a half mile up in the sky was both terrifying and extremely dangerous for the people asked to disembark!

The picture is of the only connection of an airship to the tower and the total connection of airships to the tower was 1 for a whole three minutes time.

Best made plans huh?

33 Years!That is what It took, 33 years, for the WASPs to granted Veterans status!Read all about it in the Stars and Str...
05/15/2020

33 Years!

That is what It took, 33 years, for the WASPs to granted Veterans status!

Read all about it in the Stars and Stripes!

05/08/2020
05/02/2020
Museum Aircraft History Series Martin Glider

Our Education Director is creating a series of videos that will highlight the history of the aircraft here at the Museum.

The first one is offered here. It covers the oldest aircraft in our collection and one of the oldest original, one of a kind, aircraft anywhere.

The Martin Glider. Conceived and built in Stark County, Ohio in 1908 it may be one of the most important aircraft of which you have never heard. It was the inspiration for Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis".

Learn it's history by clicking on the link and let us know what you think!

This is the first in a series of videos highlighting the aircraft located at the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum in Green, Ohio. The...

04/26/2020

We are living in a time that has not been seen world wide since the Pandemic Influenza of 1918-1919. The so called "Spanish Flu". It killed millions.

As a result of the current shutdown many businesses and non profits have been hit hard by the lack of visitors and income.

Your MAPS Air Museum has been no exception. Not being able to host guests and seeing several of our events, programs, and fund raisers cancelled far into the year means that we have not been able to generate normal operating funds. This is, of course, putting pressure on finances.

If you would be willing, and more importantly able, to help by making a donation to MAPS (501c3) to support us during this time your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

If you would be willing to do so please mail your check to:

MAPS Air Museum
2260 International Parkway
North Canton, Ohio 44720

And, Please put the following in the memo section of your check - "FB Donation"

We truly appreciate any donation, of any amount.

Please stay safe everyone, we want to see all of you back!

Thank You

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.Dachau was the first concentration camp opened in 1933 just after Hitle...
04/21/2020

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Dachau was the first concentration camp opened in 1933 just after Hitler came to power. At first it held mostly political prisoners. That soon changed. In all at least 188,000 people were held in the camp from 1933 until 1945.

When American troops liberated the camp there were 30,000 people there. It is estimated that 28,000 were killed there but, the true number will never be known.

American troops also found 30 railroad cars at the camp filled with bodies.

This is what General Eisenhower had to say after inspecting one of the many camps discovered.

"But the most interesting -- although horrible -- sight that I encountered during the trip was a visit to a German internment camp near Gotha. The things I saw beggar description. While I was touring the camp I encountered three men who had been inmates and by one ruse or another had made their escape. I interviewed them through an interpreter. The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were so overpowering as to leave me a bit sick. In one room, where they [there] were piled up twenty or thirty naked men, killed by starvation, George Patton would not even enter. He said he would get sick if he did so. I made the visit deliberately, in order to be in position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to 'propaganda'."
Letter, DDE to George C. Marshall, 4/15/45 [The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, The War Years IV, doc #2418]

The world must never forget!

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana

Got young ones who love airplanes?Follow this link to our web page where you will find two MAPS coloring books (PDFs) th...
04/18/2020
Children Coloring Pages - MAPS Air Museum

Got young ones who love airplanes?

Follow this link to our web page where you will find two MAPS coloring books (PDFs) that you can print out or download.

Give the kids an airplane or two to color!

Below you will find 2 PDF coloring books for your use.  Click on each to download or print.   Coloring book 1 Coloring book 2  

04/15/2020
From Isolation to World Power (1930-1945) ~ (Part 3 of 3 of History Presentations)

Here is the third of our US History presentations.

Let us know if you watched. Let us know if you learned something you never knew.

Presentation 3: Isolationism. This video was designed to support instruction dealing with Ohio American History Content Statement 20 which addresses the concept of Isolationism. While specifically focused on our non- interventionist leanings between World War 1 and World War 2, it also looks at the history of isolationism from the founding of this Nation. It also examines how countries and other world leaders of the period between the wars could have interpreted our non-interventionist tendencies.

During the 1930's, the U.S. Government attempted to distance the country from earlier interventionist policies in the Western Hemisphere as well as retain an...

04/10/2020
Historical Thinking and Skills (Part 2 of 3 of History Presentations)

Here is the link to the second in our series of three American History presentations.

This video was designed to support Ohio American History Content Statement 3. This, perhaps the most difficult of all history standards to teach, requires students to examine history, not just in terms of isolated events, but to bring together all of the historical strands that lead up to an event from multiple perspectives – to understand WHY events occur. The event that is covered in this video is one that students should be familiar with in their studies of history – the attack on the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. The video looks at that event, not only from the perspective of the United States, but also from the perspective of the Empire of Japan.

Historians analyze cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including multiple causation and long- and short-term causal relations.

For our Friends and Supporters on Medicare the following is important information!
04/07/2020

For our Friends and Supporters on Medicare the following is important information!

Screenshot it. Mark it. Post it below.
04/06/2020

Screenshot it. Mark it. Post it below.

These are tough times for everyone. But, you can still help the museum by using AmazonSmile when you order from Amazon! ...
04/04/2020
MAPS Receives Donations From AmazonSmile - MAPS Air Museum

These are tough times for everyone.

But, you can still help the museum by using AmazonSmile when you order from Amazon! Does not cost you anything extra!

We appreciate your support.

MAPS has joined a program that will donate .5% of all purchases to MAPS. Please click on banner below to setup MAPS as your preference for the donation and purchase from the program.   Thank you for your support.

04/02/2020
The Nature of Change (Part 1 of 3 of History Presentation)

The MAPS Air Museum works hard to bring history to young and old. Due to the current crisis we are unable to do that for our guests through our displays and tour guides.

We know that many are home bound. Students are out of school.

We also know that both students and adults are not really informed on a lot of our own American History.

Our Education Director has made three presentations available via utube for you, or your student, to watch and learn.

The first link is here. We hope making these available will not only give you something to do but, also provide a learning opportunity for your at home students.

The other two links will be provided in the next couple of days.

The first topic is "Change" This program was designed to support Ohio American History Content Statement 21. It deals with how World War 2 changed American society or started the process of change. As World War 2 caused us to face underlying bias, prejudice and, in some cases, hatred for specific segments of our own population, the program addressed how the “norms” of American society were altered. Specifically, the program addresses change for four groups: African Americans, Native Americans, Japanese Americans and women. Also included in the program is how the concept of wartime rationing impacted an entire generation of Americans.

The United States policy and mobilization of its economic and military resources during WWII affected American Society. Despite mistreatment, marginalized gr...

Today is National Medal of Honor Day!Please follow this link to our web page to read more about our Nation's Highest Mil...
03/25/2020
National Medal of Honor Day ~ March 25th - MAPS Air Museum

Today is National Medal of Honor Day!

Please follow this link to our web page to read more about our Nation's Highest Military Honor!

NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY ~ March 25th ~ In 1990, the United States Congress designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day. Over the decades, 3,525 Congressional Medals of Honor have been awarded to 3,506 individuals. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration that m...

The Education Director here at MAPS likes to look at both sides of the history coin. It is truly the only way to underst...
03/21/2020

The Education Director here at MAPS likes to look at both sides of the history coin. It is truly the only way to understand the why's of history.

The picture is a famous one taken of General Eisenhower visiting troops of the 101st Airborne. He was the Supreme Allied Commander in charge of Operation "Overlord", the D-Day Invasion of Europe, in June 1944.

When we generally look at the picture one thinks of the Airborne troops he is talking to and the hell they will soon be going through in less than 24 hours when they are dropped behind the German lines the night before the beach landings.

But, what of the General? What must he be thinking?

There was no guaranty that the landings would be successful. He had the weight of the world on his back. No longer being able to take the pressure to just sitting around right before the action began he went to visit the troops.

The weight of command.

He had been told to expect 90% causalities and possibly the loss of all of them. These young men. Most who had never seen combat before. 15 to 20% of the American troops were not even 18 years old yet. And, on his command, in less than 24 hours they could all be dead or wounded along with thousands more on the beaches the next morning.

What must he be thinking as he stands among them, making small talk, looking into their faces, knowing what he has been told to expect might happen to them?

Just a different view of history from the point of view of command.

We have the health of our Guests, Members, and Volunteers at the top of our priorities which is why we followed the Ohio...
03/14/2020
The Ohio Channel

We have the health of our Guests, Members, and Volunteers at the top of our priorities which is why we followed the Ohio Governor's instructions and closed the museum.

If you have questions about the current emergency here is a couple of places you can go to get straight answers.

Ohio Covid19 Call Center - 833-427-5634

OR

www.coronavirus.ohio.gov

OR

03/13/2020

In support of Governor DeWine's guidelines to address the spread of the coronavirus, MAPS Air Museum will be closed to the General Public until Further Notice.

We hope everyone stays healthy

03/12/2020

The Spring Military Collector Show scheduled for March 29th at the MAPS Air Museum has been rescheduled for May 31ST.

Sorry Folks. Stay Tuned and Stay Safe
03/12/2020

Sorry Folks. Stay Tuned and Stay Safe

Due to safety concerns, this weekend's Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Show at MAPS Air Museum is POSTPONED to a later date. Sorry for any inconvenience. Stay tuned for more information!

Today is International Women's Day and MAPS takes the time to salute all women.Those who served in military uniform, tho...
03/08/2020

Today is International Women's Day and MAPS takes the time to salute all women.

Those who served in military uniform, those who served in Red Cross uniforms, those who went to work in the factories to replace the men during World War II, those who worked in secret to help us win that war and help put us on the moon, and those waited and worried for their men to return.

And, those who carried the burden when they did not.

We salute them all. Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airwomen, Coast Guard members, National Guard, Reserves, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, and Wives.

We appreciate YOU!

Looking forward to another great event.Many Thanks to CAK!
03/03/2020

Looking forward to another great event.

Many Thanks to CAK!

We are proud to announce that our 2020 Race Beneficiaries will be the Autism Society of Greater Akron and the MAPS Air Museum. Registration is now OPEN for our NEW Summer event! Check out the new race features at www.cak5k.com

The other day MAPS was visited by a tiny female aviation specialist. Although the young lady is an extremely good aviato...
02/29/2020

The other day MAPS was visited by a tiny female aviation specialist.

Although the young lady is an extremely good aviator even the best sometimes make mistakes and she managed to hurt herself while doing aerobatics in our hangar.

A female American Kestrel managed to somehow hurt herself so that she was unable to fly. MAPS volunteer, and Vietnam Veteran, Bill Cody rounded her up and took her to the wonderful folks at the Sommer Wildlife Conservation Center. A facility operated by Stark Parks here in Stark County, Ohio.

Those folks took care of her for a few days and determined that no permanent damage had been done and gave the go ahead to release her back to the wild today at the MAPS hangar.

You will see from the pictures that Mr. Cody was the one to open her door to freedom while a Stark Parks employee and many of the folks here at MAPS came out to see her put the wind beneath her wings once again and go seek her mate.

Hope this bit of good news gives you a boost to your day.

Our thanks to the folks at the Stark Parks Sommer Wildlife Conservation Center for making sure our little aviator was "good to go".

02/28/2020
Spring is just around the corner!So maybe you should check this event here at MAPS out!SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH 9AM-4PM ~ SU...
02/21/2020

Spring is just around the corner!

So maybe you should check this event here at MAPS out!

SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH 9AM-4PM ~ SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH 9AM-3PM

Only $5 at the door; kids 12 & under are free!

Hunting, Fishing, & Outdoor Seminars By Recognized Experts

Kids Fishing Programs w/Dan Armitage

Cane fishing pole kits will be given to the 1st 100 kids attending.

Food & Prizes

More than 40 Exhibitors Offering Products & Services to Outdoor Enthusiasts.

The 5000 gallon Hawg Trough will be on display–full of fish..! Huge Discounts on fishing tackle –just in time for Fishing season Enter to win a Lake Erie Walleye Fishing Charter No purchase necessary !

Full Schedule Sat & Sun:
10:00am-11:00am – Talking Spring Turkey with Tommy Marsillo
11:00 am-12:00pm – Bass Fishing Success with Vic Vatalaro
12:00pm-1:00pm – Kids Fishing Program with Dan Armitage
1:00pm-2:00pm – Gas and Electric Motor Maintenance Presented by Mogadore Bait Tackle and Marine Repair
2:00pm-3:00pm – Crappie Fishing with Carl Bachtel
Dan Armitage, host of the Buckeye Sportsman radio program through out Ohio and on WAKR is one of the state’s best-known broadcasters and outdoor writers, with articles appearing in numerous outdoor magazines, including Outdoor Life, In-Fisherman and Field & Stream as well as in various statewide periodicals including Ohio Game & Fish, Kayak Fishing.

Dan conducts perhaps the best Kid’s Fishing program in the Country at many Outdoor Shows …through the mid west!

Our newest classroom beginning to take shape.
02/12/2020

Our newest classroom beginning to take shape.

MAPS Air Museum's cover photo
02/07/2020

MAPS Air Museum's cover photo

Thank You Green Area Chamber
02/06/2020

Thank You Green Area Chamber

Congratulations to MAPS Air Museum on being awarded our 2020 Impact Award! The award recognizes an individual or organization that continues to make a lasting impact on our community. Join us on February 21st from 8am-10am at Raintree Golf & Event Center as we celebrate all of our 2020 award winners, including a keynote from County of Summit Executive Ilene Shapiro! This event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets today at www.greenareachamber.org

We are pleased to announce that coming in 2020 we will have available a 270 person conference, lunch and dinner facility...
01/31/2020

We are pleased to announce that coming in 2020 we will have available a 270 person conference, lunch and dinner facility available here at the Museum.

Bring your own food or arrange for service. Either with a planned in-house catering company here or make arrangements on your own.

This facility will also be available for rent for events.

It overlooks the runways of the Akron/Canton Airport.

Watch our Web or pages for more details in the coming months.

What a view you will have!

Address

2260 International Pkwy
North Canton, OH
44720

General information

ADMISSION PRICING Adults: $10.00 Seniors (Age 60+): $9.00 Children (Ages 6-12): $6.00 Children Under 6: Free

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:30
Sunday 11:30 - 16:00

Telephone

(330) 896-6332

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Is the Don Sitts car show still happening?
In honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, I would like to share our 1940s War Bride and Groom Styled Photo Shoot in their memory.
Nice shoutout to MAPS Air Museum in the May 2020 issue of FlyPast, a UK-based magazine...
Given the current situation I am forced to CANCEL the March 29th Military Show. It has been rescheduled for May 31, 2020.
CCX AND CON WAY LETS GO VISIT THE MAPS.
Can't wait to bring my kids fishing program to the most interesting sport show venue in the Midwest next month. The Akron/Canton Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Show, March 14-15, is always a good time and with free parking and only a $5 admission is a value because you get entrance the the show and the museum. See the airplanes and memorabilia, catch a fishing or hunting seminar and check out the vendor exhibits and sit in on a few seminars for an enjoyable day at the MAPS Air Museum.
This is a fun hunting and fishing show conducted in the coolest venue ever! We're surrounded by vintage airplanes, arms and memorabilia inside and outside on the tarmac.
I want to read the unique story about who did years of work on that plane before you got it companys name and all the work
I think this would look great out on the tarmac 😂
This is a really fun show in a great venue.
I'll be there both days doing the kids fishing program - and looking forward to it!
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