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David Clark Company
David Clark created the protective suits that helped make human space flight possible. He started a small knitting company in Worcester in 1934. During World War II he decided to try using elastic fabric to solve the problem of blackouts experienced by pilots subjected to high gravitational forces. He invented a pressurized anti-gravity suit worn by U.S. and Allied pilots. After the war he invented a full-pressure suit for high altitude flight. As the space program got under way, his company designed and manufactured space suits and space communications equipment. Full Pressure High Altitude Flying Outfit, U.S. Air Force, 1972 This suit, which was manufactured between 1968 and 1972, is typical of numerous models designed and manufactured by David Clark Company for the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration. Full pressure suits became standardized in the late 1950s. This one was replaced with a new model beginning in 1973.

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