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 Museum’s 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
The aircraft on the Museum grounds are representative of the aircraft developed for the Navy and actually tested at Patuxent River.
The Museum is dedicated to all of those who have expended their talents in a myriad of different ways to the cause of advancing naval aviation technology.
Erected by Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Education • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the AIAA Historic Aerospace Sites series list.
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 (Route 0.01), on the right when traveling north. The marker is off the highway at the main entrance to the Museum which occupies the northwest corner of the Naval Air Station. 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. Against the Odds (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II (within shouting distance of this marker); Cedar Point Lighthouse Cedar Point Lighthouse Cupola (1896) (within shouting distance of this marker); Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey Test Aircraft No. 8 ("Eight-ball") (within shouting distance of this marker); Grumman A-6 Intruder (within shouting distance of this marker); Beech T-34B Mentor (within shouting distance of this marker); Raytheon T-6A Texan II (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington Park.
Also see . . . Pax River Naval Air Museum. (Submitted on October 27, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. NAS Pax River, Pax River Naval Air Museum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Historic Aerospace Site, AIAA Historic Aerospace Site
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on August 2, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 27, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.