Helmet, Mercury, Glenn, Friendship 7


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This helmet was made for and worn by John Glenn during his historic Mercury Friendship 7 flight in February 1962.

It was constructed of a resinous, impregnated fiber glass hard shell with an individually molded crushable impact liner. It contained a visor sealing system, ventilation exhaust outlet, and a communications system.

Tranmsferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center in 1967.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


  • HAZMAT: Cadmium Plating
  • Exterior: Plastic, aluminium, rubber
  • Interior: Leather, plastic, foam, aluminium


  • 3-D (Helmet): 27.9 × 30.5 × 24.1cm, 2.3kg (11 × 12 × 9 1/2 in., 5lb.)
  • 3-D (Cord): 32 × 3cm (12 5/8 × 1 3/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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