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Spitfire 944 – WWII Flight Surgeon Footage
This short 14 minute documentary featured in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival won’t leave you disappointed. The film invigorates an aged WWII pilot when he is reunited with old video footage of himself taken by his unit’s flight surgeon during the war. The film was directed by William Lorton and produced by[...Click Below to Read More]read more
Top Knife – Fighter Pilot Tactics for Flight Docs
This article discusses an awesome opportunity specifically designed for USAF flight surgeons to gain a firmer understanding on fighter and combat aircraft operations. This course is a good use of time for any military flight surgeon, but is an absolute necessity for any flight doc assigned to a fighter squadron,[...Click Below to Read More]read more
U.S. Military Aerospace Physiology
Aerospace and Operational Physiology (AOP) has the unique challenge of bridging physiologic sciences with the operational environment. Many people think “they just work with pilots and do altitude chamber training.” While we do frequently work with pilots and other aircrew, many are unaware of other human factor issues on which[...Click Below to Read More]read more
The Golden Age
On a recent domestic flight with Delta Airlines departing the busy Chicago O’Hare International Airport, I had an unexpected, but enjoyable experience. Awaiting takeoff near the back of the Boeing 737’s coach seating, I heard an announcement from the front of the aircraft. I looked up to see a man with salt and peppered hair wearing a pristine pilot’s[...Click Below to Read More]read more
Why do Flight Surgeons Fly?
In the United States, Flight Surgeon is the title used by the military (and NASA) to designate a medical doctor who has completed specialized training in aerospace medicine and has been awarded an aeronautical rating. This contrasts with the term Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) used by the Federal Aviation Association (FAA). AME’s lack the flying requirement that flight[...Click Below to Read More]read more
First American Physician in Space: Dr. Joseph P. Kerwin
Happy 82nd birthday to Dr. Joseph Peter Kerwin!! Dr Kerwin was the first American physician to be selected as an astronaut and sent to outer space by NASA. Born 19 February 1932, Dr Kerwin was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in 1965 and served as science pilot for the[...Click Below to Read More]read more