Pressure Suit antedating (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Thu Aug 5 20:37:30 UTC 2010

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I cc'ed this post to a friend who is researching the history of pressure
suits.  He (Bill Higgins, of Fermi Lab) found this:

Oliver Stewart _The strategy and tactics of air fighting_ Longmans,
Green and co.: London, NY, Toronto, 1925 p. 192

"In order that the pilot may be able to fly at a height of ten miles
from the ground, and in order that he may be able physically to
withstand the sudden changes in pressure when diving and climbing
steeply, he will be enclosed entirely in a pressure suit like a diving
suit, but - obviously - lightly made."

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> OED has 1936 for "pressure suit"
> _Brave New Words_/OED SF project have 1928 (with a specific meaning of
> "space suit")
> _Popular Science_ 5/23 p 46
> "Curing the "bends," caused by sudden change in air pressure.  The
> patient is placed in a pressure suit and subjected to the same air
> pressure that caused the disease." [caption to illustration]
> suit%22&pg=PA47#v=onepage&q=%22pressure%20suit%22&f=false
> Oliver Stewart, _Aeolus:  or, The future of the flying machine_ K.
> Trench, Trubner & co., Ltd.; New York, E.P. Dutton & co., 1927
> "Unless he were enclosed in some such pressure-chamber or
> the pilot would be unable to withstand the cold and the reduced
> of extreme altitudes, and the sudden changes in temperature and
> pressure, when the machine was climbing or diving."
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