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THOUSAND AVIATOR STUDY: METHODOLOGY
NAVAL SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE PENSACOLA FL
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The Pensacola study of Naval Aviators, commonly termed the Thousand Aviator Study, began in July 1940 as a survey to validate techniques for pre- selecting pilot trainees in order to reduce the large attrition rate in the flight training program at that time. From this original exploratory study of pilot selection evolved a longitudddinal study which has provided continuous physiollogic information on a group of healthy males from youth to senescence. Reexaminations have been made on survivors of the group in 1951, 1957, and 1963. The monograph purports to accomplish the following aims 1 Present and unify the procedures and methods of all the examinations carried out on the group, 2 offer standard material for cooperative studies, 3 serve as a guide for future evaluations, 4 display the methodology employed in a fashion which lends itself to perusal by critical reviewers, 5 suggest by retrospection necessary modifications, and 6 provide a basis for scrutinizing the material in search of new avenues of investigation.
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