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Glenn's Friendship 7 Suit Gallery


The sign accompanying John Glenn's Friendship 7 suit. It reads

Glenn's Space Suit

John Glenn wore this space suit on February 20, 1962, when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Like the Gagarin suit, its design was adapted from high-altitude pressure suits worn by aircraft pilots. Glenn's suit was a lightweight multi-layered garment with an aluminized nylon cover layer. Thirteen zippers, plus custom-fitted gloves, boots, and helmet, assured a snug fit.

Manufacturer: B.F. Goodrich Co.

Transferred from NASA

As this suit has become fragile with age, a mannequin smaller than the astronaut was inserted

Time picture taken Fri Jun 22 14:50:58 2007
Location picture taken Space Race Gallery
National Air & Space Museum
Washington, DC
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