Helmet, Shuttle, Engle


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:

Astronaut Joe Engle wore this helmet and oxygen mask aboard Enterprise during the Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests in 1977. Paired with pilot Richard Truly, Engle commanded three of the eight piloted test flights, including two of the five free-flight descents to landing. He later commanded two orbital flights aboard Columbia (STS-2, 1981) and Discovery (STS 51-I, 1985). Engle donated his flight suit, jacket, helmet, gloves, and boots to the Museum when Enterprise went on display in 2004.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle


Country of Origin

United States of America


Fiberglass, leather, plexiglass, metal, plastic, fabric, rubber


  • 3-D (1797g): 25.4 × 20.3 × 26.7cm, 1.8kg (10 × 8 × 10 1/2 in., 3.9lb.)
  • 3-D (mask): 12.7 × 10.2 × 11.4cm (5 × 4 × 4 1/2 in.)
  • 3-D (hose): 48.9 × 3.8 × 2.9cm (1 ft. 7 1/4 in. × 1 1/2 in. × 1 1/8 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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



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