Exhibits

Exhibits

Exhibits

Come and See Some of the Planes in our Flight Line!

 

Beech T-34B Mentor

            This plane was loosely based on the civil Beech Bonanza aircraft. It started replacing the original Navy T-6 Texan when it first came out. This aircraft was also primarily used for flight training. For over forty years, aviators who had golden wings received basic flight instruction in the T-34B.

 

Grumman E-2B Hawkeye

        This aircraft is very interesting in looks. Its rotating dome on top is very distinct and this is the only plane in the flight line that has one. The E-2 is normally used for air, land, and sea surveillance, recovery missions, and tactical missions. The E-2Bs were converted from the E-2A because they were unreliable in service. The E-2Bs were converted in the 1970s, and the upgrades included a new mission computer, and better avionics cooling. Our Hawkeye has served with multiple fleet squadrons before it was converted to an E-2B in January of 1971 and had logged six thousand seven hundred hours.

 

Douglas NA-4M Skyhawk

            Also known as the “scooter,” this aircraft satisfied the Navy’s need for a successor to the A-1 Skyraider attack aircraft. The A-4M actually went through many stages before reaching its final product. The different versions mainly had changes in engines but the A-4M, the final product, is distinguished by a hump on the fuselage that used to house mission electronics. Our display aircraft has been at NAS Patuxent River all its life. It was, at first, an A-4F but it was converted to the A-4M prototype and was given the “N” designation indicating that it was a permanent test aircraft. It was sent to the Naval Air Test Center for Surveys and then to the Engine Component Improvement Program to be used for other projects. It finally retired in November of 1990.

 

Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite

            Although this aircraft was originally designed as a single-engine utility helicopter, the Seasprite was transformed into a twin-engine aircraft with varied versions and missions. The aircraft on display was accepted into the Navy in 1983 and flew with the Naval Air Test Center’s rotary wing aircraft test directorate from March to October in 1984. It was converted to the SH-2G variant while it was in Kaman. After the conversion was finished in 1993, it came back to the NATC’s rotary wing testers to be used for system development and flight envelope expansion. Its final flight was in September 1997 and had logged 541.6 flight hours.

 

McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II 

            Originally the British Hawker Siddeley, the evolved AV-8B Harrier helped to investigate the value of tactical jet operations. The Harrier became operational with the Marines in 1985 and featured extensive changes from the AV-8A, which included a supercritical composite wing, increased fuel capacity, a new cockpit, and a bubble canopy. Our display was the fourth production of the AV-8B and flew here at NAS Pax River along with the strike aircraft test directorate and naval strike aircraft test five, all before it retired in September, 199. As this is one of the museum’s new additions, it was added to the flight line in January 2019.


F-4J Phantom II

The Phantom II is a supersonic, long range, all weather interceptor with full ground attack capability. In
addition to service in our Navy, Marines, and Air Force, it was flown by the military of seven allied
countries. The McDonnell production line started in September 1955 and continued until August 1979;
5,057 were built.
The Phantom II's first flight was on 27 May 1958. Flying Qualities and Performance (FQ&P) Navy
Preliminary Evaluation (NPE) I took place in September 1958. Our display aircraft, F-4J BuNo 153071 (Salty Dog 100), has spent its entire operational life involved in
test and evaluation work. Its first flight was 28 June 1966 and it arrived at the Naval Air Test Center in
February 1967. Over the years, it was specially instrumented and served as one of the primary aircraft
carrier suitability testing and automatic carrier landing system development aircraft.

Douglas NA-4M Skyhawk


Grumman E-2B Hawkeye



Beech T-34B Mentor





Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite







McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II 

 

 F-4J Phantom II

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