Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
|Location||Lexington Park, Maryland, United States|
|Type||U.S. Navy Aviation Naval History|
The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) preserves and interprets the Patuxent River Naval Air Base history and heritage of advancing US Naval aviation technology. This museum is the repository of artifacts, photographs and film, documents, and related heritage memorabilia from Patuxent River and other stations, such as Warminster, PA, and Trenton, NJ, that have been consolidated at Patuxent River. The museum is dedicated to those who have employed their talents in advancing Naval aviation research, development, testing, and evaluation.
The shared vision for historical preservation and education gradually coalesced into reality with the establishment of a steering group in late 1974. This group prepared the necessary incorporating papers and bylaws, and introduced legislation to the Maryland General Assembly. The Naval Air Test and Evaluation Museum (NATEM) Association was approved and established as a non-profit, tax exempt organization in the State of Maryland on 14 March 1975. The Navy provided the current building and grounds in 1976, and the museum opened its doors to the public in July 1978. In 1978, the Museum was recognized by the Secretary of the Navy as one of the ten official Navy museums.
The following is a list of aircraft in the museum's collection.
- McDonnell Douglas NA-4M Skyhawk
- North American RA-5C Vigilante
- Grumman NA-6E Intruder
- LTV NA-7A Corsair II
- McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II
- Douglas NF-6A(F4D) Skyray
- Grumman F9F-8B Cougar
- Grumman F-14A Tomcat
- McDonnell Douglas NF/A-18A Hornet
- Grumman E-2B Hawkeye
- Bell AH-1J Seacobra
- Bell TH-1L Iroquois
- Kaman SH-2G Seasprite
- Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion
- Grumman S-2D (S2F-3) Tracker
- Lockheed S-3B Viking
- Beechcraft T-34B Turbo Mentor
- North American T-39D Sabreliner
- Boeing X-32B JSF STOVL Demonstrator
- Lockheed Martin X-35C JSF Carrier Demonstrator
- Paul Tiller. "Testing, testing...NAS Patuxent River Museum". Outer Marker. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
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