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American pressure suit, operational 1962. A-12, F-12A and SR-71 full pressure suit; integrated subsystems, parachute harness, automatic flotation system, urine collection device, redundant pressure control and breathing system, thermal protective garment.

Custom fitted or in 12 standard sizes and various models.

Having evolved from its remote ancestor, the original David Clark XMC-2-DC suit first produced in 1956, the Pilot's Protective Assembly (PPA) model S901 worn by the first SR-71 crews, was initially produced for the Lockheed A-12 program in the early 60s. This garment evolved through several improved models that resulted in the S1030 suit.

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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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