Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Beech T-34B Mentor
Training Naval Aviators for Over Four Decades Loosely based on the popular civil Beech Bonanza aircraft, the T-34 began replacing the Navy's original T-6 Texan (also known as the SNJ) in 1954. In 2000, T34Cs began being replaced by the T-6A Texan II. But for over forty years, every aviator wearing Wings of Gold had received basic flight instruction in a piston-engine T-34B, or its turbo-prop-engine successor, the T-34C. Although no longer serving in the Training Command, T-34Cs remain in service as aerial spotter aircraft at various U.S. Naval and civilian collectors.
Our Display Aircraft After being delivered in 1956, Bureau Number 140921 served with the Navy's Training Command until September 1993. At that time, it was transferred to the NAS Patuxent River Flying Club, where it flew with the civil registration number N34PR. Our Mentor was transferred to PRNAM in September 2003 after logging a total of 9622.9 flight hours.
Primary Mission: Primary flight training
Crew: One Pilot, one Student Naval Aviator
U.S. Service Timeline (T-34 Series):
Max. Gross Weight: 3,050 lb
Dimensions: 25.9 ft length, 32.8 ft wing span
Propulsion: One Continental 0-470-4 reciprocating engine
Max. Operating Speed: 189 MPH (sea level)
Erected by Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Education • Military. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1993.
Location. 38° 16.559′ N, 76° 27.77′ W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Three Notch Road (Maryland Route 235) just north of Buse Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Raytheon T-6A Texan II (here, next to this marker); NC-8A Mobile Electric Power Plant (MEPP) (a few steps from this marker); Cedar Point Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); North American T-2C Buckeye (a few steps from this marker); Cedar Point Lighthouse Cupola (1896) (a few steps from this marker); TA-75A Tow Tractor (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II (a few steps from this marker); Douglas F-6A (F4D) Skyray (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.