Jacket, In-Flight Suit, Guy Bluford, STS-8


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

Astronaut Guion S. "Guy" Bluford, Jr. wore these clothes during the six-day Space Shuttle STS-8 mission aboard Challenger in August-September 1983, when he became the first African American in space. As a mission specialist in the five-member crew, Dr. Bluford participated in delivering a communications satellite into orbit, operating the Remote Manipulator System arm, and performing experiments. Early Shuttle astronauts wore a standard issue wardrobe of identical jackets, trousers, shirts, and other items. NASA presented Dr. Bluford's in-flight suit to the Museum shortly after the STS-8 mission.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center


Country of Origin

United States of America


brass, cotton, elastic, fire-retardant cotton blend, plastic, stainless steel, synthetic fabric, Velcro


  • Clothing: 67.3 x 104.1 x 3.8cm (26 1/2 x 41 x 1 1/2 in.)
  • Other (Hem): 106.7cm (42 in.)
  • Other (Cuff): 22.9cm (9 in.)
  • Other (Armscye): 45.7cm (18 in.)
  • Other (Sleeve): 63.5cm (25 in.)
  • Clothing Size: M/L

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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