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Lunar OutfittersMaking the Apollo Space Suit$
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Bill Ayrey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066578

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066578.001.0001

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School of Hard Knocks

School of Hard Knocks

(p.3) 1 School of Hard Knocks
Lunar Outfitters

Bill Ayrey

University Press of Florida

The story of the ILC Industries space suit has its roots in the early 1950s, when a small group of “hard-knockers,” as they would call themselves, began developing pressure suits to protect humans in space. The company was better known for making commercial products such as bras and girdles through a closely tied parent division named Playtex. The ILC’s work on pressure suits followed the success their small division had had with developing and manufacturing pressure helmets such as the model MA-2 for the U.S. Air Force. Post–World War II jet aircraft were flying at higher altitudes and the demand for crew protection had increased. While the air force gave ILC an opportunity to develop the first pressure suits, those early contracts were just an excuse for ILC to get their “space suit” recognized by industry.

Keywords:   ILC Industries, space suit, U.S. Air Force

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