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21628 Great Mills Rd, Lexington Park, MD 20653
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Interior decorInterior decor

Loaf of bread and dessert menuLoaf of bread and dessert menu

My 12 oz. rib eye with bacon & cheese friesMy 12 oz. rib eye with bacon & cheese fries

Our children visited the NAS museum in 1999Our children visited the NAS museum in 1999

Travel Tips for Lexington Park

Navy Base Town

by grandmaR

Lexington Park is an otherwise unremarkable small town - not even the county seat - that is right outside the Patuxent River NAS. The population (year 2000) is 11,021, it has an elevation of 112 feet and an area of 8.0 square miles

The pictured lighthouse cupola used to be part of the Cedar Point Light, which was on the southern shore of the Patuxent River. The lighthouse was abandoned and gradually fell apart. I have painted a picture of it as I imagine it used to be for one of the screens of my sailboat.

The cupola used to be right on MD Rte 235 (Three Notch Rod) in the NAS museum. When the museum was moved so the road could be widened and I believe the cupola went to another museum. The airplanes and the rest of the museum was moved to a temporary location farther up the road.

The building on the right background houses the Peking Restaurant (see tips), and a donut shop among other enterprises.

The Lexington Park area used to be known as Jarboesville (named after the Jarboe family which is one of the local families), and another part of the area was known as Pearson. When the US Navy came to the county in 1941 (just before Pearl Harbor and the outbreak of WW II), the bought up the land that made up Jarboesville and Pearson under the right of imminent domain to built the Patuxent Naval Air Station, they built housing for their employees near the new base. This area was named Lexington Park in honor of the USS Lexington (an aircraft carrier). The Lexington Park post office was established in 1947.

A lot of the stuff that is in the Lexington Park area (zip code: 20653) has a California MD address, so check also the restaurants at California

Airplanes - Outdoor Displays at Patuxent River NAS

by grandmaR

"S2F Anti - Submarine Plane"

Bob flew this plane from 1961 to 1973. The wings fold to save space on the aircraft carrier.

This turboprop plane was similar to the S2 except with a radar dome.

"Bell TH-1L Iroquois ("Huey")"

Powerplant Lycoming T53-L-13 turboshaft rated at 1400 shp
Length 53 ft.
Height 12 ft 2 1/4 in.
Rotor Diameter 44 ft
Empty Weight 5,055 lb
Max Gross Weight 8,500 lb
Service Ceiling 10,000 ft.
Max level Speed 144 mph
Range 317 miles.

"Heliocopters"

"Trainer"

The planes have stenciled on them the names of the pilots. This one has LtCol Bob Newsom USMC.

Plane flown by Capt Roger Hill. My granddaughter sitting on the ground under the plane.

"Tow Tractor"

The sign says:

"The TA-75 was a shore based tow tractor capable of moving aircraft up to 75,000 pounds. It first entered service in 1970. Small in size, the TA-75 weighs 10,000 pounds - twice the weight of the average automobile and was powered by a Ford 302 V-8 engine. This TA-75 was donated by the Common Support Equipment Program Office, PMA 260, and was prepared for display by NAVAIR FLEET SUPPORT EQUIPMENT DEPARTMENT SE REWORK DIVISION."

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