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Historic planes touch down at MAPS Museum

8/15/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

GREEN — The Collings Foundation brought its classic military aircraft to the MAPS Museum for a weekend of special events as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour Aug. 9-11. Visitors are shown above on Aug. 11 as they check out a B-17 Flying Fortress.

Among those who spent the day at the museum were World War II veteran Laird Cogley, 91, of Windham, a member of the Liberator ground crew, who is shown below, at left, with his son Larry Cogley next to a B-24 Liberator.

Canton residents Sue and Ray Chiappini are pictured at right as they walk through the B-17 Flying Fortress.

The weekend also included the chance to fly in the planes and the opportunity to operate them with a donation to the foundation, a nonprofit educational organization devoted to supporting living history events to encourage learning by participation.

The MAPS Museum features a display of historic military aircraft. For more information, go to www.mapsairmuseum.org or call 330-896-6332.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Lew Stamp

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