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American pressure suit, operational 1956. Modified S-2 partial pressure capstan suit with chest breathing bladder, 12 sizes, high altitude, fighters and bombers, smaller capstan in torso area, pressure gloves, K-1 or MB-5 helmet, David Clark Company.

All the early partial pressure suits were extremely tight fitting and therefore quite uncomfortable in prolonged use. The reduced comfort of the so-called "Henry suit" was an unfortunate aspect of subsequent developments of the T-1 and S-2 suits, designated the MC-1, MC-3 and MC-4 series models (the MC-2 type suits were experimental full pressure suits). However the suits did accomplish their main purpose -- to protect the wearer from the effects of emergency decompression at altitude.

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  • Space Suits To explore and work in space, human beings must take their environment with them because there is no atmospheric pressure and no oxygen to sustain life. Inside the spacecraft, the atmosphere can be controlled so that special clothing is not needed. But in order to work outside the spacecraft, humans need the protection of a spacesuit. More...

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  • Sears, William J, A Historical Review of Partial and Full Pressure Suits, Web Address when accessed: here.

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