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.
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This is where history takes flight!

Operating as usual

08/14/2020

VJ Day 1945

The End of World War II

The MAPS restoration gang dedicated another aircraft today!The Vultee BT-13A "Valiant". Otherwise called by its pilots t...
08/08/2020

The MAPS restoration gang dedicated another aircraft today!

The Vultee BT-13A "Valiant". Otherwise called by its pilots the Vultee "Vibrator". She was a Basic Training aircraft flown by most American pilots during World War II. The BT-13 model was the most produced model of the BT type of aircraft.

Our Vultee was obtained by MAPS from MARC (Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation) for restoration in January 2012. Restoration began in 2014. After about 7,000 hours of volunteer work her crew, led by Crew Chief John Harris, dedicated her to the flight line today. She had about 25 different volunteers, individual donors, and several corporate donors who got her to this point. We thank them all.

She sports lexan panels so people can see what it looks like inside the cockpits.

She also sports some nose art. Now these types of aircraft did not usually have nose art but, one of her restoration volunteers learned to fly in a BT-13 in World War II and spent many hours working on her. Mr. M. L. Weaver. You will understand the nose art when I tell you that the BT-13 was not his favorite aircraft to fly and once said "a school bus could fly better". So we placed the nose art to honor his World War II service.

Take a look at her on your next visit.

Through the COVID crisis we have still been able to get some things done. Some great improvements for our future.This is...
08/02/2020

Through the COVID crisis we have still been able to get some things done. Some great improvements for our future.

This is a picture of our new classroom that will be available for use after things get back to something more like normal.

We are working and looking to the future with optimism.

Hope you like the new room!

Our F102A "Delta Dagger" or "Deuce" getting some much deserved TLC.The F102 is America's first operational supersonic an...
07/24/2020

Our F102A "Delta Dagger" or "Deuce" getting some much deserved TLC.

The F102 is America's first operational supersonic and delta-winged fighter. Originally designed as an interceptor for the Air Defense Command it was used for other purposes in Vietnam.

Our volunteers are working to get her looking good again.

Our BT-13 has now been moved to the main hangar for final assembly. You see it here in the restoration building ready to...
07/19/2020

Our BT-13 has now been moved to the main hangar for final assembly. You see it here in the restoration building ready to go.

Built by the Vultee Aircraft Company (later Convair) the pilots learning to fly in World War II called it the "Vultee Vibrator"

07/15/2020
Museum Aircraft History Series ~ LTV A-7 Corsair II

Another in our series of videos on the aircraft of MAPS.

The Ling-Temco-Vought A7E Corsair II.

Just follow the link here:

History of the Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II and the A-7E (Bureau Number 159268) that is part of the MAPS collection.

Attention: MAPS will be reopening on a restricted basis on July 27th, 2020.PLEASE review the following three sheets of i...
07/11/2020

Attention: MAPS will be reopening on a restricted basis on July 27th, 2020.

PLEASE review the following three sheets of information closely so you will have a good visit and there is no confusion on the requirements.

Also, please keep up to date on this information here on Facebook or on our website as it is subject to change at any time.

NOTE: Google is not a reliable source for our hours of operation. We have no direct control over what they post.

For those of you who may forget to bring a mask we will have them available in our gift shop for $1.00 each.

If you have questions please contact the museum in advance.

If you are feeling sick or have a temperature please do not come until you are well.

We Thank You for your understanding.

Tickets still available for this Dinner/Dance!
07/08/2020

Tickets still available for this Dinner/Dance!

06/28/2020
Donate

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.
Just a dollar by each of our followers would help us maintain things until it is safe to reopen for normal operations.

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"

Or, you can just use PayPal by following the link below:

We truly appreciate any donation, of any amount.

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

Thank You

Due to the current health crisis work in restoration has been slowed. However, there has been some skin work done on our...
06/21/2020

Due to the current health crisis work in restoration has been slowed. However, there has been some skin work done on our FG-1 Corsair build. A great piece of local history as about 4,000 were built by Goodyear in Akron, Ohio.

You can still help us by ordering with Amazonsmile! Just set up on your Amazon page or follow this link. And, Thanks!
06/17/2020
MAPS Receives Donations From AmazonSmile - MAPS Air Museum

You can still help us by ordering with Amazonsmile!

Just set up on your Amazon page or follow this link.

And, Thanks!

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.

06/17/2020

Unless things change, the North Coast Military Collectors are now planning to hold a show on Sunday, October 25th, 2020 here at the museum.

Watch for coming details.

Some of you have been asking "when will MAPS reopen?".The museum is in the process of planning on just how and when we w...
06/14/2020

Some of you have been asking "when will MAPS reopen?".

The museum is in the process of planning on just how and when we will do just that.

Leadership is approaching this in a very careful and cautious one step at a time way while following all the requirements and recommendations of the State of Ohio. This is not an easy task as we fall under many different areas of concern and as things with this virus change it makes issues a moving target. As they say "the devil is in the details".

We will do everything we can to protect both our guests and our volunteers.

Having said that we want you to know that the museum is still making progress in our efforts to continue to get better in what we will be able to offer our guests in the future.

The pictures show the progress made on our new restroom facilities, kitchen, multipurpose conference center room, and our completed classroom.

Please watch for updates and take a look at the event listings now and then as things change.

Better things to come in hopefully a more normal future!

Take care everyone, be careful and stay safe!

06/11/2020

Just a reminder folks.

The museum remains closed for general visits.

Please watch for updates here.

From last year
06/06/2020

From last year

JUNE 6TH, 1944, D-DAY

Today is the 75th Anniversary of Operation "Overlord" the invasion of France during World War II to crush the Nazi movement and free Europe from their oppression.

This post has been posted at the exact time the invasion of the beaches began at 6:30AM. The Airborne had already been inserted.

American forces involved included-

13 Infantry, 5 Armored, and 2 Airborne Divisions

8,268 Allied Aircraft involved

5,333 Allied Ships and landing craft involved

By Midnight that day 132,715 Allied Troops had landed on the beaches. Of those 3,400 were killed or missing. This number does not include the Airborne Troops.

The First US Army reported in the first 24 hours 1,465 killed, 1,928 missing, and 6,603 wounded.

It also has been reported that approximately 15,000 French civilians were killed in the Normandy campaign.

By the time Overlord was considered over (August 30th) total casualties on both sides totaled 425,000.
Of that number 209,000 were among the Allies.

The wounded needed medical care.

The first nurses to arrive in Normandy were members of the 42d and 45th Field Hospitals and the 91st and 128th Evacuation Hospitals. They landed on the beachhead just four days after the initial invasion in June 1944.

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!

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04/06/2020

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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...

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2260 International Pkwy
North Canton, OH
44720

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

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00
Sunday 11:00 - 15:00

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How did we forget 6 August 1945? The B 29 named "Enola Gay" dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Below is Paul Tibbets and his crew before they dropped the atomic bomb.
As we prepare to celebrate our nation's birthday, let us not forget the men and women who have served!
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
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!