Pressure Suit, Apollo, A1-C, Borman, Training

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    Pressure Suit, Apollo, A1-C, Borman, Training

    White A-1-C spacesuit of HT1 Nomex, one red, one blue hose connectors, one oval blue communications port. Light blue neck ring. No helmet or gloves. NASA "meatball" logo and name tag on upper torso.

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

This A1-C spacesuit was worn by astronaut Frank Borman during early training sessions for the Apollo missions. The A1-C spacesuit was a modification of the Gemini G3-C and G4-C spacesuits and was only used during training until the final Apollo suit design was chosen. It consisted of five major assemblies, the main suit, helmet, boots, gloves and neck seal. The astronaut was equipped with a life vest assembly, and wore a cotton constant wear garment underneath the suit. The suit weighed approximately 25 lbs, was relatively comfortable, and permitted freedom of movement while pressurized.

The A1-C suit was made by the David Clark Company. NASA transferred this example to the National Air and Space Museum in 1973.