Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

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Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
Boeing X-32B Patuxent.jpg
Established 1975
Location Lexington Park, Maryland, United States
Type United States Navy Seal 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.[1]


The following is a list of aircraft in the museum's collection.

Other Navy museums[edit]

See: U.S. Navy Museum and U.S. Navy Museum#Other Navy museums


  1. ^ Paul Tiller. "Testing, testing...NAS Patuxent River Museum". Outer Marker. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 

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