Astronaut Space Suit

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 20, 2024
     Category: Fashion | Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy | 1960s

Those look like pressure suits, rather than true space suits; pressure suits work in low atmospheric pressure, where space suits work in zero atmospheric pressure.

Still, they actually could have been real Air Force surplus, although I wouldn't have worn one in low pressure.
Posted by Eric Brown on 04/20/24 at 12:47 PM
Surely even in 1961, $180 would have been suspiciously cheap for a genuine space suit, or even a hi-alt pressure suit?
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/20/24 at 03:10 PM
It's an early G-suit. Google is your friend. David Clark MC-3A Partial Pressure Flying Suit. It lacks the helmet to supply air at high altitudes. Reading the text in the ad note the suit is inflatable. In a cockpit it would be attached to an air compressor, inflating the various internal bladders to prevent blackout during high-G maneuvers. They were sold as surplus property as better designs replaced them. Which explains the price.
Posted by eddi on 04/21/24 at 03:42 AM

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