Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

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Address(1)P.O. Box 407, Naval Air Test Center
CityPatuxent River

General Information

Hours of operation
Daily 10:00am to 5:00pm, Closed Mondays.
Exhibits - By Primary role
Airplane, Observation - 'AO' 1956-1962
 Goodyear XAO-3 (Inflatoplane) Serial No: Unknown 
Anti-Submarine - NAVY 'S' 1962-Present
 Grumman S-2D (Tracker) Serial No: 149240 
Attack - 'A' 1962-Present
 Douglas A-4M (Skyhawk) Serial No: 155049 
 Douglas NA-4M (Skyhawk) Serial No: 155049 
 Grumman NA-6E (Intruder) Serial No: 156997 
 McDonnell-Douglas/BAe AV-8B (Harrier II) Serial No: 161396 
 North American RA-5C (Vigilante) Serial No: 156643 
 Vought A-7A (Corsair II) Serial No: 152658 
Electronics - NAVY 'E' 1962-Present
 Grumman E-2B (Hawkeye) Serial No: 152476 
Fighter - NAVY 'F' 1922-1962
 Douglas F4D-1 (Skyray) Serial No: 134764 
 Grumman F9F-8 (Cougar) Serial No: 144276 
Fighter - 'F' 1962-Present
 Douglas F-6A (Skyray) Serial No: 134764 
 Grumman F-14A (Tomcat) Serial No: 161623 
 McDonnell-Douglas F-4B (Phantom II) Serial No: 153070 
 McDonnell-Douglas F-4J (Phantom II) Serial No: 153071 
 McDonnell-Douglas FA-18A (Hornet) Serial No: 161353 
 McDonnell-Douglas NFA-18A (HORNET) Serial No: 161353 
Helicopter - NAVY 'H' 1948-Present
 Gyrodyne QH-50D (Dash) Serial No: Unknown  
 Gyrodyne QH-50D (Dash) Serial No: DS-1679 
 Sikorsky CH-53A (Sea Stallion) Serial No: 151686 
Helicopter - 'H' 1962-Present
 Bell AH-1J (Sea Cobra) Serial No: 159227 
 Bell TH-1L (Iroquois) Serial No: 157842 
 Kaman SH-2G (Seasprite) Serial No: 161642 
Rotorcycle - 'RO' 1954-1959
 Gyrodyne XROE-1 Serial No: 4022 
Trainer - NAVY 'T' 1948-Present
 North American T-39D (Sabreliner) Serial No: 150987 


Reviews / Comments by our visitors
 H Blake
 , Ohio

I was in Service Test from the late 60's to early 70's.I worked on CH53's doing engine shake tests and went with a group to Fla to develop sweeping mines for the first time. Pax River was the best duty station being close to DC and the ocean. I was there when they tested the first F14 Tomcat. Wow that was some aircraft!Made it back last year place will always been in my heart.
10/08/2013 @ 14:50 [ref: 55532]
 New York, New York

Yes, both the X-32 & X-35 are on display here. I strongly recommend watching PBS Nova's "Battle of the X planes" before coming here. The other X-35 is housed indoor in the Smithsonian Hazy Museum in VA.
11/26/2012 @ 01:37 [ref: 55352]
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 New York, New York

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05/09/2012 @ 22:29 [ref: 42278]
 Vicki Pilkington
 , Maryland

I work with adult individuals with disabilities and we visited the museum in early July. Our group was very excited to visit the museum and were looking forward to it for days. Although we were late arriving, our tour guide, Chuck Kerr, was very patient as we ate lunch before out tour and continued his patience throughout the tour. But I was very disappointed when a few of my staff came to me after our visit to share that there was an employee of the museum that was openly degrading and rude to them as well as toward our individuals. It was later discovered that this person was an Admiral and the main person 'in charge'. The comments relayed to me were disrespectful and hurtful to those individuals who heard them. It is hard to fathom that in this day and age that some people are so unenlightened as to the needs and feelings of those with disabilities. And then to think that they are in such a position as to deny them enjoyment and having access to an otherwise wonderful experience. I plan to contact others who manage and support this museum to let them know of our experience.
07/17/2010 @ 18:16 [ref: 9862]
 Richmond, Virginia

I have been to the The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum many times, and it has definitely been improved. The planes they have on display are great. My favorite has always been the F-4D Douglas Skyray. (I don't like the later designation F-6D.) I want to visit the museum more than my nephew! It's a great place for kids and everyone who appreciates lots of neat aviation-related stuff. The volunteers do a great job. The gift shop is very good also. A don't miss destination if you're in the area.
02/16/2009 @ 17:26 [ref: 8689]
 Jason W.
 Catasauqua, Pennsylvania

I went here for the Oct. 05 Air show and this is a top notch facility. What a diverse range of aircraft. Let hope their new digs are even better.
04/21/2007 @ 14:18 [ref: 5855]
 Mike C
 , Maryland

everyone should know that one each of the JSF concept aircraft (Boeing & GD) are on display at this museum. A rare one of a kind thing to be able to see and photograph.
05/05/2006 @ 13:57 [ref: 4981]
 Kevin Koloff
 Tulsa, Oklahoma

I'd like to visit Pax River museum, I was on the deck alot with 071 phantom while stationed at pax in the 70's.
08/03/2005 @ 17:53 [ref: 4305]
 Troy Alexander G. Miano
 1 Saranay, Cabatuan, Isabela, Maryland

I visited the PRNAM last 25 February 2004 when I was in southern Maryland. The museum is the most extensive showcase of aircrafts I ever seen in my life. The tour to this museum is worth my stay in the United states. And rest assured that I would be bringing my relatives to see the outstanding displays when I come back in the United States. And whenever I have friends who visits Maryland & DC, I always remind them to drop by the magnificent Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Congratulations to the people who made the collection possible. God Bless! troy
03/09/2005 @ 02:28 [ref: 3892]
 Harold V. Arkenbout
 Ruther Glen, Virginia

I visited PAX today, 06/21/03 and as usual I did enjoy myself very mcuh. The aircraft are well maintained and taken care of. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum should be on anyone's must see list. I have travelled to many museums on the East Coast, including the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson AFB. PAX is not the largest I have seen, but it is certainly one of the very best and I hope to see it again, soon. Thanks for a job well done!!!!
06/21/2003 @ 21:38 [ref: 2879]


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