Lot 6252: Apollo In-Flight Coverall Garment (ICG) Chamber Suit
13th December 2018
Rare NASA In-Flight Coverall Garment (ICG) Chamber Suit consisting of a white jacket and pants, likely produced for use in an Apollo spacecraft altitude chamber test run. The jacket has snap closures and a NASA 'meatball' Beta patch on the right breast, with the tag sewn inside the collar reading: "Jacket Assy., BW-1047-01, Size: MR, S/N: 2035, Chamber Suit, BW-1047-001…Contract No.: NAS 9-8309, Date of Mfg.: 12-23-68, Mfg. By: B. Welson Co.," as well as a felt tip notation, "ART 2787." The tag inside the pants identifies them as "Trouser Assy., BW-1047-02, Size: MS, S/N: 2014, Chamber Suit, BW-1047-001…Contract No.: NAS 9-8309, Date of Mfg.: 12-18-68, Mfg. By: B. Welson Co.," with felt tip notations, "Schott" and "ART 2803." In overall fine condition. The In-Flight Coverall Garment was developed by NASA to offer far more flexibility than the bulky spacesuit, so astronauts changed into these after launch to be more comfortable during their long flight. This ICG variant, "BW-1047," was a ground test/training article. Because of its age (12-18-68), the Garment could not have been worn during the Apollo Command Module (2TV-1) testing in mid-1968. The garment must have been manufactured for later testing. Provenance: The Spaceflight America Museum and Science Center in Prince Frederick, MD.
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