Learning To Fly Itinerary


The drive from downtown Baltimore to Patuxent River Naval Air Museum takes about two hours, and from downtown D.C. it takes about an hour and a half.


The Flight Simulator – as Dennis wrote in his essay Learning To Fly, this is a blast and if you are interested, you should absolutely make the time to do it.

The exhibit on Women in Aviation is fabulous! Please take the time to explore the exhibit and learn about the achievements women have made in the aviation field, it’s very well done.

The Flight Line – this is the outdoor exhibit where all the planes are including the beautiful Blue Angel.

The Store – wow, so much fun stuff! If you have an aspiring aviator, or know someone who has a passion for aviation this is the shop to pick up a gift.


  • Take your time and talk to the staff, they are friendly and a wealth of information.
  • If possible, try to get the full tour with a docent, they are dressed in orange.
  • Sign up for the flight simulator, before you start your tour of the museum.
  • Become a member, it’s a good way to show your support and stay in the loop on upcoming exhibits and events.


Sandy Pony Donuts (if you are coming from Baltimore) really good donuts made fresh to order.

Blue Wind Gourmet great lunch menu with beer and wine.

Mission BBQ great restaurant with good food and a great purpose.

Pho D’Lite great on a cold day, especially after walking the flight line.


“Flying the Edge: The Making of Navy Test Pilots” by George C. Wilson.

“Naval Air Station Patuxent River” by Mark A. Chambers

Top Gun Maverick – the movie, a must see after the flight simulator!

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