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The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) has a decades-long history, yet at the same time, the Museum is starting afresh. It is no longer an official U.S. Navy museum following federal budget restructuring. The Museum is now a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working in conjunction with St Mary’s County. With the recently completed construction of a multi-million dollar capital project that transformed the Museum, it is now displaying the potential to become a premier cultural institution and economic driver for the County.
Enjoying a supportive community that recognizes the Museum as the link between the U.S. Navy’s missions at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River (Pax River) and the community defined by that mission, it sits in an enviable location with an inspiring story perfectly suited to the technological preoccupations of our era.
When compared to other aviation-focused museums, PRNAM is unique in terms of its collections and mission. Whereas most aviation museums focus on operational aircraft and exhibits, PRNAM focuses on the research, development, test and evaluation environment. Ideas and concepts that were developed and introduced to the Fleet form the basis of its interpretive program. PRNAM also displays concepts that never made it to the Fleet that makes the Museum’s collection all the more unique. Artifacts and simulators, films and books spanning the history of Naval Aviation are topped off with a display of over 22 one-of-a-kind aircraft that you can walk right up to make the Museum dynamic and memorable.
The Executive Committee of the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association, Inc. hopes that everyone reading this today remains in good health and is continuing to take all necessary precautions to avoid becoming ill from the COVID-19 virus during this world-wide pandemic. Please follow all health guidance instructions as that remains the primary way to avoid contracting the virus.
Many of you probably have been thinking about the museum during the mandated ‘Stay-At-Home’ orders from our Governor and what exactly is the current situation. You have probably also been wondering if any thought has been given to when the museum may possibly reopen to the public.
The leadership of your museum has been very busy in the past weeks, meeting weekly (or more) via teleconference, to discuss rapidly changing conditions; keep the museum facilities safe; and work on analyzing all possible methods that we can reasonably leverage to help bring the museum safely back on-line when the Governor begins to lift the many current restrictions to normal commerce.
We have developed our initial COVID-19 Virus Response Plan which we would like to share with you. The Plan is available as a pdf file upon request. While not a final comprehensive plan, it will let you see the direction that we plan to move towards when the opportunity presents itself. We have been monitoring many other museums around the world and seeing how they plan to or have already re-opened and we have been participating in dozens of virtual webinars and meetings sponsored by leaders in the health and museum fields to help gauge what our response should be.
We encourage you to review this document to become aware of all the steps being considered to keep you safe once we get the go-ahead from the State of Maryland to possibly reopen to the public. You are encouraged to provide feedback to our museum Administrator, Ms. Amy Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will collate and distribute them to the museum leadership to consider as we continually revise our strategy to reflect the best possible protections to our visitors, members, staff, docents, and museum volunteers.
The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum will continue to be a highly valued community resource that provides both educational and tourism benefits to Southern Maryland while continuing to celebrate and preserve the past and future accomplishments achieved from the research, development, test and evaluation of naval aircraft.
Preserve significant artifacts of naval aviation research, development, test and evaluation history and technology
Educate the public about the historic and social significance of the work of the U.S. Navy that is uniquely carried out in St. Mary's County
Inspire and encourage excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and embrace its future promise as a pathway to advanced innovations and an improved quality of life.
PRNAM 2020 Volunteer Wish List
Did you make a resolution for 2020 to help out in the community and do some volunteer work or have you recently retired and are looking for a fun way to spend some of your free time? We can use your help! The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum depends primarily on volunteers to operate since it receives no government funding for its operations.
The museum has a number of volunteer teams that help support its operations and work in close coordination with each other to directly support the ‘visitor experience’ aspects of our museum operations. There are many opportunities to volunteer on any or several of these teams. Here’s a brief description from each team about what they do.
The PRNAM's Docent Cadre is designed to enhance our visitors' experience by providing cheerful on-site exhibit information, tours, and discussions about our indoor (gallery) and outdoor (flight line) venues. We operate with a two-man crew during the museum's normal operating hours and "plus up" for special events and other high volume activities throughout the year. The Cadre also hosts a youth docent program for students that are rising 9th graders and up who participate along with us on non-school days. As our visitor count continues to grow, so do our manpower requirements for the Cadre. Both researchers and additional guides are currently needed. Enthusiasm is the only prerequisite. Backgrounds in any and all aspects of Naval and other military aviation and engineering are a plus.....come fly with us!!!
The Flight Line provides maintenance on all the aircraft that are displayed in the museum – an ongoing process. We welcome volunteers with the following skills;
Plane Captain on any type/model/series aircraft
Aviation Hydraulics person
Aviation Metalsmith person
Aircraft surface preparation and painter
Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge to other types of aircraft.
The video production team needs help with the following: video editing, script writing, narrating, sign language skills, and someone who can speak different languages. Work is primarily done during on weekdays.
The Exhibit team – members design and develop new and upgraded interpretative exhibits and displays that form the basis of the museum and bring our unique local naval aviation history and achievements to life.
Collections Management Team
The Collections Management team members support the operational aspects of the museum research library, historical archives, and artifacts in our museum collection that directly support the exhibit development process. We are currently working on entering all the museum artifacts in our collection and the books in our library into a database and organizing those items not on display in our collections facility. It’s “behind the scenes” work – organizing and data entry.
Information Technology Team
The Information Technology team – members specify, design and maintain the electronic systems that control the exhibit displays, computers, audio information systems, and video displays located throughout the museum complex.
Flight Simulator Team
The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Flight Simulator Team is made up of instructors who operate the museum’s two vintage F-14 TOMCAT Pilot Trainer cockpits. The museum’s interactive simulator program is extremely popular with adults and particularly the youth visitors. Two to three instructors are present each day guiding museum customers to select an airplane type to fly, familiarize them with the cockpit operation, and giving instructions on how to fly an airplane. The Team hosts a very popular youth program for students who are aged 13 years to become a simulator operator and instructor. Prior experience is not required as the Team will provide the needed training. Additional adults and youth are needed to maintain the program. Persons who join the team usually have an interest in aviation, are former or current aviators, enjoy playing with simulators at home, curious on how simulators work, or interested in science technology engineering or math. Come by the museum and enjoy a ride!
We could also use additional help with social media, event planning, grant writing, public relations and children’s programs.
No particular experience is necessary for many of these teams however enthusiasm is a MUST!
There are many opportunities to help the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum continue to be a major destination for visitors to St Mary’s County. Contact us for more information or to fill out an application.
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Since its construction in the early 1940s, the Department of Defense and the United States Navy have focused on developing naval aviation research, development, testing and evaluation capabilities at NAS Pax River located in St. Mary's County, Maryland. The base has grown over time to Naval Air Systems Command, and over thirty other tenants, detachments and squadrons. Today, the base supports over 22,000 military, civilians, and defense contractors. It is the largest employer in St. Mary's County and prime catalyst for economic development. With over 200 high-tech aerospace and defense industry partners, the County has emerged as a world-class center for maritime aviation research, development, testing, evaluation, and acquisition with a bright future in the commercial development of unmanned and autonomous systems.
St. Mary's County is situated on a peninsula in Southern Maryland and has over 500 miles of shoreline on the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. The area combines access to high-technology jobs in a community that has a rich heritage and a myriad of outdoor sports and recreational opportunities. The County's location allows for easy access to major metropolitan areas while offering residents a high quality-of-life and affordable lifestyles.
Inclusion of a visitor information center located in the new building gives the Museum a new and significant role. This tourist information center provides a variety of information provided through State and County travel publications and websites.