Sunday, 6 March 2011

Wiley Post (1934)

This is Wiley Post, pioneering American aviator who in December 1934 took his Lockheed Vega monoplane; Winnie Mae, to a record breaking 14,600 meters.
Now in order to survive at those altitudes he had to wear a specially made pressurised flight suit.  It took the B F Goodrich company three goes to get it working right but that’s not so bad when you consider that this is arguably the progenitor of every space suit that would follow.


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