MAPS Air Museum

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The MAPS Air Museum is an aviation museum in Green, Ohio, United States.[1] Run by the Military Aviation Preservation Society, it is located off SR241 on the west side of the Akron-Canton Regional Airport.[1]

The museum holds more than 50 aircraft,[2], most on loan from the U.S. Air Force or Navy for restoration. Its three helicopters include a Kiowa and a Cobra (both manufactured by Bell Helicopter) that fought in the Vietnam War.[citation needed] It also has two aircraft from the Goodyear Rubber Company. The aircraft are displayed in a former U.S. Air National Guard hangar and on an adjacent tarmac.

Its collection of rare artifacts includes the gondola from the "Spirit of Akron", a Goodyear blimp.

The museum's Gallery of Heroes room holds detailed models and period items from wars. Various displays highlight Pearl Harbor (artifacts include a piece of the battleship Arizona), The Tuskegee Airmen, Rosie the Riveter, and include items on loan from members of the museum and community who fought in wars.

The museum's library maintains and preserves institutional records and collects, preserves, and makes available images, literature, manuscripts, memoirs, diaries, books, and oral histories relating to military history. The library collection is open to the public with admission to the museum. Members may check books out.

In October 2018, thieves stole helmets, goggles, oxygen masks, helicopter controls and other items from the museum. Two 17-year-olds were arrested on theft charges two weeks later.[3]

Aircraft in collection[edit]

The museum owns or holds examples of these aircraft: A-26C Invader, C-47 Skytrain, MiG-17, S-2F Tracker, Ryan L-17B Navion, PT-19 Cornell, Vultee BT-13 Valiant, T-28 Trojan, T-33 Shooting Star, T-37A and T-37B Tweet, Beechcraft SNB-5, Vought A-7E Corsair II, F9F-8P Cougar, F11F Tiger, Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, F-4S Phantom, F-14B Tomcat, F-84F Thunderstreak, F-86A Sabre, F-100D Super Sabre, F-101F Voodoo, F-102A Delta Dagger, F-105B Thunderchief, Bell AH-1 Cobra, US Aircraft A-67 Dragon, Goodyear GA-22A Drake, and Link C-3 Trainer.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MAPS Air Museum". visitcantonstark.com, Canton Stark County, USA. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "MAPS Air Museum | Museum Day | Smithsonian". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  3. ^ Armon, Rick. "Two males arrested, accused of stealing 'irreplaceable' items from MAPS Air Museum". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-14.

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Coordinates: 40°55′01″N 81°27′16″W / 40.916902°N 81.454504°W / 40.916902; -81.454504