Naval Aerospace Medicine Exhibit

While the public is familiar with the hardware and technology of military aircraft, the story of the specialized attributes required of those who fly them is often forgotten. This exhibit seeks to fill in a vital part of that story—the role of aeromedical personnel who help make aviators successful and train them to withstand the mental and physical demands of flight.

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The Naval Aerospace Medicine Exhibit will engage our visitors, meeting Navy leadership’s vision and focus on training, proficiency and readiness. The exhibit it also designed to impact our school-age visitors, with learning objectives tied to Florida’s official educational standards for grades K-12 (CPALMS) through coordination with the district’s curriculum setters.

The Naval Aerospace Medicine exhibit is the result of a long collaboration between the National Naval Aviation Museum, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and the Naval Aerospace Medical Community. We hope to share the hands-on experience with our nearly one million annual visitors. The Naval Aerospace Medicine Exhibit will provide visitors valuable insight and knowledge about the rigors that those in the aviation community endure. Exhibit development is underway with input from Naval Flight Surgeons and Aerospace Medicine Specialists, Naval Aerospace Physiologists, Experimental Psychologists and Optometrists, and we look forward to collaborating with the medical community.

The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is asking for your help to support the Naval Aerospace Medicine Exhibit at the National Naval Aviation Museum. All donations are accepted and appreciated. For more information, contact Cindy McCalip ( ), or call 1-800-327-50002.

Captain Robert E. “Doc” Mitchell (left), a giant in the field of naval aerospace medicine whose legendary career included the “Thousand Aviator Study” and examination of repatriated Vietnam POWs, examines Joe Foss, the top Marine Corps ace of World War II.




Video Walkthrough


Renderings Gallery


Exhibit Sections

Standards & Qualifications
Learn about the mental and physical fortitude it takes to fly in our interactive testing room featuring real-world examples.

See first-hand what happens to the human body while flying high-performance aircraft and learn about common dangers of ejection and parachuting.

Current Contributions
A dynamic video wall displays cutting-edge research including the latest in neuroscience and studies about the future of unmanned vehicles in the fleet.

Mishap Prevention & Investigation
Discover Naval Aerospace Medicine’s role in investigating accidents and efforts to prevent mishaps.

Historic Milestones
Journey through time and relive major milestones at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute and the historical development of standards, technology and practices in the field.

Water Survival
Find out how aviators prepare for a water emergency and see daring rescues on stormy seas.