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.
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- 3-D: 27.9 x 30.5 x 27.9cm (11 x 12 x 11 in.)
- Other (mask and hose): 1ft 10in. x 2in. (55.88 x 5.08cm)
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<p>Joe Engle flight tested both the North American X-15 and Space Shuttle <i>Enterprise</i>. He also commanded orbital flights on Space Shuttle <i>Columbia</i> and <i>Discovery</i>.</p>