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This is a United States Navy Mark IV pressure suit. The Navy contracted with the B. F. Goodrich Company (BFG) to make these high-altitude aviation suits during the 1950s. The full-pressure suit allowed American pilots to fly at extremely high altitudes. When NASA began to develop their human spaceflight program, Mercury, they adapted these suits for use in spacecraft.

NASA Manned Spacecraft Center transferred this pressure suit to the Museum in 1970.

Display Status

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

Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits Manufacturer B. F. Goodrich Co.
Dimensions Overall: 73.66 x 17.78 x 167.64cm (2ft 5in. x 7in. x 5ft 6in.)
Materials Aluminum, nylon, neoprene-coated nylon, brass, steel, phenolic resin, PVC, glass
Inventory Number A19710028000 Credit Line Transferred from NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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