Maj Gen Henry G. Armstrong, MD

1899 – 1983

Gen. Armstrong was a flight surgeon, teacher, writer, and researcher who founded the Psychological Research Laboratory at Wright Field in 1935. He conducted pioneering work leading to the development of equipment which permitted pilots to fly safely at supersonic
speeds and high altitudes. His work in determining the psychological effects of abrupt deceleration, curvilinear flight and the problems associated with high altitude operations led to G-suits, oxygen systems, and pressure breathing equipment while helping define the human requirements for space flight. Dr. Armstrong conducted pioneer aviation medical research and authored the classic textbook on aviation medicine as well as over 100 papers on aerospace medicine. The Armstrong Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base is named for him. Inducted: 1996