U.S. Air Force spacesuits

  • Kenneth S. Thomas
  • Harold J. McMann
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


From its creation, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) had supported advanced aircraft development, typically in conjunction with or for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and then the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This support, which included personnel, facilities, and development expertise, started before the X-1 program and has continued to the present. The USAF assisted Litton’s 1950s’ development of the Mark I pressure suit in the form of funding and test personnel. In the X-15 program, the USAF provided pressure suit selection and development to NACA.


Suit System External View Life Support System Restraint System Pressure Relief Valve 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth S. Thomas
    • 1
  • Harold J. McMann
    • 2
  1. 1.Space Shuttle Spacesuit-system Engineer and HistorianHamilton SundstrandWindsor LocksUSA
  2. 2.Former NASA Spacesuit-system Engineer and Manager from Mercury to International Space StationTempleUSA

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