Parachute Harness, McDivitt


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 parachute harness was worn by astronaut James McDivitt, Command Pilot of the Gemini IV mission that occured in June 1965.

During ascent and entry, each crewmember wore special equipment consisting of a partial pressure suit, a parachute harness assembly, and a parachute pack. The harness provided a lightweight, strong, and comfortable means of attaching the personal parachute to the astronaut, which were only used during the Gemini program. Northrop Ventura made the harness and parachute.

NASA transferred this object to the museum at the end of Project Gemini.

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


  • Nylon
  • Steel
  • Paint
  • Ink


Approximate: 76.8 x 73 x 12.7cm (30 1/4 x 28 3/4 x 5 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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