Harry Errington has been an important part of NAS Patuxent River's historic preservation efforts since he came here as a civil servant in 1975, after retiring from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander the previous year.
Over more than 37 years as a volunteer, Errington established and monitored a Chief Petty Officer docent program at the museum, and a similar program staffed by First Class Petty Officers; he planned and orchestrated recent refurbishment efforts on the exterior of the large storage building at the museum, with the cooperation of the Chief Petty Officers Organization and the Seabees. Errington also served as a fulltime outside static display Aircraft Maintenance Officer at the museum for nearly 22 years, recruiting volunteer crews from across Pax River to assist in maintaining the static displays.
Errington recently stepped down as fulltime volunteer at the museum, a position he has held almost continuously since PRNAM was just in the planning stage in 1975.
"We now have a total of 20 aircraft on our flightline and another 11 on the base.," Errington said in a letter to Rear Adm. L.F. "Gus" Eggert, president of the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. "With no aircraft currently in work and all looking pretty good, its a good time to turn over my responsibilities."
After more than 60 years of Tailhook Naval Aviation, Errington is reducing his volunteer schedule in order to spend more time with his wife, Gwen, and to enjoy a more traditional retirement of travel and hobbies, surrounded by his family. He won't be far from the museum, however.
"My passion is still my family, our Navy, our Sailors, our aircraft and Preserving our Heritage," Errington said.