Celebrating 70 Years

NAS Patuxent River Air Expo Celebrating 70 Years of Community Partnership Focused on the Future of Flight

Naval Air Station Patuxent River will celebrate its 70th Anniversary and the 70 years of community partnership focused on the future of flight during this year's Air Expo, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2013.

The beginning of Naval Air Station Patuxent River is marked by its commissioning day April 1, 1943, with Rear Adm. John S. McCain, Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics; Rear Adm. F.L. Reichmuth, Commandant of the Potomoc Naval Command; and Representative Lansdale G. Sasscer of Maryland, to become one of the finest and largest Naval Aviation establishments in the East. Nourishing the unique friendship between Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Southern Maryland for the past 70 years marks a significant milestone worthy of celebration.


Commissioning 1943

The progress and achievements made in Naval Aviation start right here at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Since its inception, the installation has been an integral part to the future of Naval Aviation. Established and designated as the Navy's single place for flying and operating experimental work, Naval Air Station Patuxent River continues to insure quality, imagination and resourcefulness with the Navy's equipment and how it's used. We are only able to do so because of our partnership with our community's focus on the future of flight.

It's fitting to commemorate our past 70 years by celebrating our partnership with Southern Maryland because and we are grateful for our long and cherished friendships with this community as well as our regional and global neighbors. We also appreciate the sustained support from our service members, their families, our governments, the American public, and friends and allies overseas. We cannot continue functioning as the most capable naval air force in the world without this support. We proudly celebrate our contributions to Naval Aviation heritage and the courageous forerunners who greatly inspire the men and women of today's Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Our hope is the Anniversary celebration will inspire others to serve in their wake.


First Flight 1943

Celebrating 70 years of community partnership focused on the future of flight is the central theme to this year's Air Expo with booths, historical experts, vintage aircraft demonstrations, and static displays designed to educate and entertain air show attendants. We hope you will join us as we celebrate with the community our past and future partnership focused on the future of flight.