Flight suit worn by Charles F. Bolden during his first spaceflight

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Manufactured by
Gibson & Barnes, American, founded 1977
Worn by
Maj. Gen. Bolden, Charles F. Jr., American, born 1946
Issued by
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, American, founded 1958
Medium
cloth, metal, leather
Dimensions
On form: 57 1/2 × 16 3/4 × 9 in. (146.1 × 42.5 × 22.9 cm)
Type
coveralls
uniforms
Place made
El Cajon, San Diego County, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
1986
Description
A blue full body flight suit worn by Charles F. Bolden Jr. The suit zippers in the front and has several pockets and patches on it. The front of the suit has three patches on the chest. On the PR breast is the mission patch for STS 61C and features a circular design with an image of the space shuttle and a band displaying the names of the mission's astronauts. On the PR breast is a circular NASA logo patch, above which is a leather nametag reading [CHARLES BOLDEN / MAJOR USMC]. The nametag is a dark leather with golden text and pilot's insignia. On the PR shoulder is a circular patch for the 1980 NASA Astronaut Groups 9, which features the year and a space shuttle launching with nineteen white stars. The PL shoulder has an American flag patch. There are Velcro straps at the waist and zippered sections on the arms and legs for adjustments. The legs have a number of zippered pockets. A manufacturer's tag with handwritten details is sewn to the inside of the suit.
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Military
Science
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., USMC (Ret)
Object number
2014.243.4
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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