MAPS Air Museum
Military Aviation Preservation Society Air Museum, Green, Ohio
The Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum is a dedicated museum of aviation history in Northeast Ohio that serves to educate all about the world’s greatest aircraft and the men and women who designed, built and flew them. Located in a former National Guard hangar on the grounds of the Akron-Canton Regional Airport, the museum is the second-largest aviation museum in the state. The organization was incorporated in the state of Ohio as a non-profit corporation on June 21, 1990 and is operated by a group of volunteers.
MAPS features over 30 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft that are either on display or undergoing restoration work. There is something for all aviation enthusiasts, from a Grumman F-14 Tomcat to a Bell AH-1 Cobra! All different types of aircraft – attack, observation and transport – are represented. A MiG-17 Fresco provides an “international” feel and visitors can even step inside a mockup of a Goodyear GZ-22 blimp control gondola, complete with a working instrument panel!
In addition to the aircraft displays, the facility also features a “Gallery of Heroes” section. In this museum-inside-a-museum, guests may view artifacts that salute “Rosie the Riveter” and remember the events of Pearl Harbor. Lots of other interactive exhibits are also featured and the museum has thousands of technical and literary books and periodicals in its own library.
The museum is open to the general public six days a week (be sure to check the website or call ahead as it has a summer and winter schedule) and also offers group tours as well. The gift shop is the largest of its kind in northern Ohio and has a wide selection of aviation-related merchandise including apparel, books and models. Several functions are held throughout the year including fly-ins, hangar dances and pancake breakfasts. The facility is also available for rentals, such as wedding receptions, military homecomings and business functions.
Please visit the MAPS Air Museum website (www.mapsairmuseum.org) or contact them at 330-896-6332 for more information.
by Anthony Svihlik