Brown, David McDowell, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
151X-Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer Pilot or NFO
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1996-2003, 151X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Service Years
1984 - 2003

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Contact Info
Home Town
Arlington, Virginia
Last Address
Arlington, Virginia

Date of Passing
Feb 01, 2003
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 46 Lot 1180-3

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Last Known Activity
  • NASA Astronaut and a Mission Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia Mission STS-107. CAPT Brown was killed when the craft disintegrated during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, 01 FEB 2003

Visit other US Navy Astronauts on STS-107 here at NTWS:

CAPT Laurel B. Clark

CDR William C. McCool
Other Comments:
Posthumously awarded:
  • NASA Space Flight Medal
  • NASA Distinguished Service Medal
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal
  • Congressional Space Medal of Honor
Career Highlights

  • Began Naval Career as a Flight Surgeon, and in 1988 was the first Flight Surgeon in 10 years to be selected for Pilot Training.
  • Navy Operational Flight Surgeon of the Year -1986
  • Designated a Naval Aviator in 1990, ranking number one in his class.
  • Qualified to fly the A-6 Intruder, F/A-18 Hornet, and T-38 Talon
  • His tour with NTPS was a duel role as the Flight Surgeon and Pilot.


  • Brown Hall in the Columbia Village Apartments, at the Florida Institute of Technology is named in his honor.
  • Laurel B. Clark & David M. Brown Aerospace Medicine Academic Center at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute.


These an many other video, audio clips, as well as a complete NASA website on STS-107 can be found HERE.
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NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School

Stoney, Robert, CAPT, (1980-2002) OFF 151X Captain
Googe, John, CDR, (1978-1998) OFF 131X Commander
Kelly, Mark Edward, CAPT, (1986-2011) OFF 131X Commander
Clark, Sherry, LCDR, (1974-1997) OFF 638X Lieutenant Commander
Gates, Russell, CDR, (1985-2000) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Oefelein, William A. "Bill", CDR, (1988-2008) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Patton, Bill, LCDR, (1985-2006) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Williams (Krishna), Sunita Pandya, CAPT, (1987-Present) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Higgs, Ron, LCDR, (1982-2006) OFF 132X Lieutenant
Vandergrift, Kent, CDR, (1987-2007) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Arnoldi, Donald, PO1, (1977-1998) AMH AM-8345 Petty Officer First Class
Swenson, David, CDR, (1985-2010) Lieutenant
Carson, Kelvin, MCPO, (1975-2006) Senior Chief Petty Officer
Renz, Richard, CPO, (1986-2010) Chief Petty Officer
Lesefka, Robert, SCPO, (1987-2008) Petty Officer First Class
George, Charles, PO2, (1992-2012) Petty Officer Second Class

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