Pressure Suit, Mark IV, Arrowhead


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:

The Mark IV full pressure suit was developed for the U.S. Navy by the B.F. Goodrich Company in the 1950s. This version of the suit was manufactured by the Arrowhead Manufacturing Company as a competitor to the B.F. Goodrich suit.

The U.S. Air Force also authorized production of the U.S. Navy Mark IV for squadrons stationed in colder areas. It was tested to altitudes of 139,000 feet, and demonstrated its ability to overcome the problems associated with emergency ejection, immobility and manual pressurization.

NASA obtained this suit from the Navy for evaluation and testing purposes. NASA then transferred the suit to the Museum.

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


Overall: Nylon, rubber impregnated nylon,


Overall: 5ft 5in. x 1ft 11in. x 6 1/2in. (165.1 x 58.42 x 16.51cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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