Air museum to dedicate F-16 to 180th Fighter Wing pilot


CANTON – The MAPS Air Museum, located in Canton, Ohio, will dedicate an F-16 fighter jet in honor of the 180th Fighter Wing’s Lt. Col. Kevin “Sonny” Sonnenberg during a ceremony at the museum, Nov. 9, 2019.

Sonnenberg, an F-16 pilot assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, was killed in action during a combat mission, June 15, 2007, while serving in Iraq.

Doors to the now sold-out event will open at 4:30 p.m., the official ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include remarks from Air National Guard Readiness Center Commander and former 180th Fighter Wing Commander, Maj. Gen. Steven Nordhaus, along with family and friends of Sonnenberg.

While the museum will be closed for the ceremony, it will remain open to the public until 4 p.m. and offer a chance for visitors to see an active F-16 fighter jet, assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing. The jet is expected to arrive at the museum around 10 a.m., Nov. 9.