Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland
This Museum is the vision of a group of Navy and civilian personnel who in 1974 set out to formally organize a museum to preserve and celebrate the history of the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River.
They received support from the community, the county, and the State; and in 1978 the Naval Air Test & Evaluation Museum opened in a building on grounds provided by the Naval Air Station. The building was originally built as the USO Canteen toward the end of World War II.
In 1992, the Secretary of the Navy designated the Museum as one of the ten official Navy museums.
In 1997, the Museumís name was changed to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum to reflect its new mission of preserving and interpreting the research, development, testing & evaluation of naval aircraft and their related systems.
The Museum is the repository for all of the artifacts, photographs & films, documents and other heritage memorabilia from Patuxent River, and other stations, such as Warminster, Pennsylvania, and Trenton, New Jersey, now all consolidated at Patuxent River under the Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Air Warfare Command Aircraft Division.
The aircraft on the Museum grounds are representative of the aircraft developed for the Navy and actually tested at Patuxent River.
The Museum is
Erected by Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River.
Location. 38° 16.594′ N, 76° 27.784′ W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Three Notch Road (Maryland Route 235) north of Pegg Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is off the highway at the main entrance to the Museum which occupies the northwest corner of the Naval Air Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Against the Odds (a few steps from this marker); Cedar Point Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Grumman A-6 Intruder (within shouting distance of this marker); Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the African American Monument of St. Mary's County (approx. one mile away); Architectural Significance of the First Lexington Park Community St. Maryís County and U.S. Navy History (approx. 1.3 miles away); United States Colored Troops (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington Park.
Also see . . . Pax River Naval Air Museum.
Additional keywords. NAS "Pax" River; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Historic Aerospace Site, (AIAA)
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