Naval Air Station Patuxent River will honor 100 years of naval flight and celebrate the unique century-long friendship between Naval Aviation and our local community during this year’s Air Expo kicking off Sept 3-4, 2011.
The beginning of Naval Aviation is marked by the Navy’s first requisition by Navy Capt. Washington Irving Chambers, officer in charge of aviation, to purchase an aircraft from aviation pioneer and inventor Glenn H. Curtiss. Naval Aviation has figured prominently on both the national and international stage during both peace and wartime and is emblematic of America’s ingenuity, ability, and forward thinking. The 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation is a milestone unparalleled by any achievement and worthy of much celebration.