"National Vigilance Park" Maryland Off The Beaten Path Tip by Tom_Fields

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This quiet park, located just off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, memorializes those who served on US reconnaissance aircraft during the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Flying dangerous missions under adverse conditions, they played a key role in that era. Only recently has any public recognition been given to them.

Here are a C-130A, EA-3B, RU-8 reconnaissance planes--all lovingly restored. Dedicated in 1997, this museum is a must-see for any aviation buff.

Take the Washington-Baltimore Parkway (MD 295) to Highway 32. Take Hwy 32 east to Canine Road. At the Canine Road exit, go left over Hwy 32, and take a left into the large parking lot. Do NOT go straight, unless you are going to visit NSA (the National Security Agency). That's off-limits, except for those on official government business. But the National Vigilance Park is open to all.

Phone: 301-688-5849

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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