GREEN The annual spring Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Pancake Breakfast set an attendance record with roughly 1,200 people taking part in the all-you-can eat pancake event. Admission to the breakfast also included a tour of the museum and the flight line. The breakfast ran from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the museum staying open to 4 p.m.
During the day, people had a chance to meet World War II veterans ML Weaver - who was serving sausage - Bob Withee and Don Block. Weaver flew C-47 transports during the war, one of which is on display on the flight line. Block flew a model of the B-26 Marauder similar to the one under restoration at the museum. Withee flew a P-51 Mustang fighter plane and shot down four Japanese aircraft during the war. A replica of his plane is on a pedestal at the entrance to the museum off Massillon Road.
Also on display during the breakfast were vintage motorcycles. These were from the Buckeye Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. The antique bikes drew a lot of attention from members of the crowd.
An unscheduled bit of recognition was given to MAPS Director Kim Kovesci when it was announced that it was his birthday. This was followed by the breakfast goers signing "Happy Birthday" to Kovesci, who took it all with good humor.
The next public event will be the 2018 Don Sitts Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9. For information on the show, contact the museum at www.mapsairmuseum.org or call the museum at 330-896-6332.