The Edward H. White II Museum of Aerospace Medicine was a U.S. Air Force Museum and was housed in Hangar 9 at Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. In 2011, the Brooks Air Force Base closed under the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) procedures and the museum closed at the same time. Brooks Field Hangar 9 is located in the Brooks City-Base Mixed-Use neighborhood, which is being built on the site of the former air base. The planning authority also recommended that the historic area around the property be preserved.
The Bexar County Historical Survey Committee claimed ownership of the Brooks Field Hangar 9 renovation of the old Army Air Corps Brooks Field. The renovation of the Hangar would be used to house an aviation museum. The aim of this museum was to present the early history of Brooks Field and to conserve and display an extensive collection of photographs and equipment related to aviation and aerospace medicine. It became the Edward H. White II Aerospace Medicine Museum.
The museum was named after Ed White, a native of San Antonio, an astronaut, and the first American to “walk” in space. The Brooks Field Hangar 9 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and became a National Historic Site in 1976. The State of Texas has named this old Hangar 9 as the Texas Recorded Historic Landmark and the City of San Antonio Historic Landmark.
The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) is an organization of the United States Air Force (USAF) which focuses on education, research and global operational consultation in aerospace and operational medicine. USAFSAM was established in 1918 to conduct research in the medical and physiological fields of human flight, and as a school for medical officers trained to support mil. The school has sponsored early military aviation since World War I through the development of aviation and into the modern era.
USAFSAM performed medical research and provided medical support for initial US space operations beginning in 1947 through the creation of NASA in 1958. With the development of NASA, USAFSAM continued to actively support civilian and military manned space missions through clinical and physiological research.
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