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Have you ever wondered what happens to the physiology of your body as you climb yet higher and higher when out flying? Or how does a Jet Fighter pilot cope with the incredible stresses and strains on their body as he, or she, throws their aircraft around in a dogfight? Or even, what does an Astronaut need to ensure his health remains in tip-top condition as he rockets out of the Earth’s atmosphere, and then enters a world of zero gravity, sometimes for months at a time?

Fear not, this month’s aerotalk is going to answer all these questions, and more, as one of the country’s foremost Aviation Medicine Practitioners is presenting his incredibly interesting look at the medical science behind this important arm of medicine.

David Gradwell:

Group Captain (Rtd) David Gradwell served in the RAF Medical Branch for almost 29 years before moving to become Professor of Aerospace Medicine at King’s College London. During his service he was deeply involved in all the ~aeromedical challenges of operational altitude protection for serving and future RAF personnel. This included the development of the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F-35 JSF. His RAF and academic careers included many national and international roles such as Queens Honorary Surgeon and President of both international professional aerospace medicine organisations as well as Chair of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Aerospace Medicine Group. At King’s he lead the advancement of the specialty, including initiating its civilian training program gaining GMC approval. Drawn from his service and academic knowledge and experience he will talk about aviation and space medicine, including using scenes from the recent Top Gun Maverick movie to illustrate the crucial role of aerospace medicine in delivering

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All are welcome at our evening social events so bring your family and friends

As always, if you wish to book a place, please get in touch with Pete White on the attached contact numbers, or let the Duty Manager know by calling 01208 821419 and booking a slot. Equally important, if you wish to have a meal beforehand, please make sure that you book that too. The meal is served at 1800, and the talk commences at 1900. See you there.

The AEROCLUB talk starts at 19.00. Please contact Jay on 01208 821419 if you would like to book a pre-talk meal (17.30 onwards), from Diner 31.

Pete White, AEROCLUB, 01752 406660 or 07805 805679 or pete@aeronca.co.uk