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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 Additional Information
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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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
(NAMI)  Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Naval Operational Medicine Institute   (NOMI)Naval Air Facility Adak, AKCommander Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15)NAAF Chase Field, TX
VA-128Naval Strike  Warfare Center (NSWC)VFA-115 EaglesNTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  1984-1984, 191X, (NAMI) Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Naval Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI)
  1984-1986, 210X, Naval Air Facility Adak, AK
  1986-1988, 210X, Commander Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15)
  1988-1990, 139X, NAAF Chase Field, TX
  1990-1991, 131X, VA-128
  1991-1992, 131X, Naval Strike Warfare Center (NSWC)
  1992-1995, 131X, VFA-115 Eagles
  1995-1996, 210X, NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
  1996-2003, 151X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
 Colleges Attended 
College of William and Mary
  1974-1978, College of William and Mary
  1978-1982, Eastern Virginia Medical School
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