The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum flightline sits on over 2 1/2 acres of land adjacent to the museum buildings. Visitors are welcome to get a close look at 25 different Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, many of which are one-of-a-kind test aircraft and prototypes. Also on the flightline is the cupola from the Cedar Point lighthouse, which once stood watch at the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay.
Test and Evaluation Hall
Opened in 2016 after an extensive design, fundraising, and construction campaign, the museum’s Test and Evaluation Hall is one of the most unique and iconic buildings in both Lexington Park and the Southern Maryland area. The T&E Hall features multiple aircraft, from a replica Curtiss A-1 Triad to the Lockheed Martin X-35C Joint Strike Fighter prototype, along with galleries such as the History of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Aviation in Space and the upcoming Women in Aviation exhibit.
Flight Technology Hall
The Flight Technology Hall has been the home of the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum for the last twenty years. In addition to the always popular flight simulators, the building houses the museum’s art room, STEAM classroom and 120 seat event area used for military ceremonies, lectures, and corporate presentations. Also featured in the Flight Technology Hall are multiple galleries including unmanned aerial vehicles, aircraft engines, ejection seats, and an array of aircraft and aircraft carrier models.
Collections Management Facility
The Collections Management Facility is a state of the art, digitally climate controlled structure built in 2018 through a partnership and funding from the St. Mary’s County government. It houses many items including reference books, flight test video reels and a trove of artifacts not currently on display, all of which are in the process of being meticulously cataloged by the museum’s all volunteer collections team.