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James Brown
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posted 09-02-2012 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Purchased at auction years ago. Blue NASA flight suit, worn by astronaut Michael Baker during the STS-68 mission. All patches have been removed, except for an American flag patch on the left upper sleeve. The outline of the STS-68 patch can still be seen on the front right chest. Can be seen here. Asking $450.00 plus shipping. Thanks for looking.

Spaceguy5
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posted 09-02-2012 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Worn during the mission, or just worn by Michael Baker during training/public appearances around the time of the mission? I believe flight suits aren't carried along on the actual missions (or at the very least, I've never seen them worn in-flight).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-02-2012 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Per NASA, the flight suits were not packed aboard the shuttle. The crew leaves them behind in crew quarters before changing into their pressure suits for launch and then the suits were brought out to them to change back into after landing.

p51
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posted 09-02-2012 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seems a little odd to me that it's lacking the mission patch and really odd that it doesn't at the very least have the NASA vector patch...

Spaceguy5
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posted 09-02-2012 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The suit in Robert's collection had the patches removed before it was disposed of by NASA.

p51
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posted 09-02-2012 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Spaceguy5:
The suit in Robert's collection had the patches removed before it was disposed of by NASA.
Ah. That makes sense. All the suits I've ever seen were ones the astronauts kept which of course still had all the patches.

Spaceguy5
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posted 09-02-2012 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It depends on lighting and quality of the camera and how tightly they were sewn in place. You could request additional photos.

If this is the same suit James Brown tried to sell in an earlier post, it also has a name written on the tag.

James Brown
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posted 09-02-2012 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The name M. Baker is written on the inside tag. Not flown in space, but surely on t-38 flights. All patches were removed before suits were disposed of.

James Brown
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posted 09-05-2012 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about $400.00, plus shipping for the suit? Final call.

BMckay
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posted 09-05-2012 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a good deal. I have an actual blue flight suit and they are real cool to have. Put it on a manniquin, add some patches and you will have an awesome display piece. Well worth the $400.

Spaceguy5
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posted 09-05-2012 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As long as it's for legitimate purposes, you can also get a reproduction nametag made by Gibson & Barnes. For example, I put together a display of a replica of Rick Husband's flight suit for a local museum. Very cool to have indeed.

To make a good mannequin display, you just need a 3" NASA meatball, a 3x5" US flag patch (this already has one), a replica nametag, mission patches (optional), a replica Mach 25 patch (optional), and a pair of flight boots (my display has FWU-3/p boots as these were the kind worn by Rick Husband).

If I had the money, I'd certainly buy it.

Also worth noting, this looks like an older flight suit (late 80s to mid 90s), different from the current Gibson & Barnes suits. Note that it also has velcro strips sewn onto the right thigh, a feature that's similar to the launch and entry flight suits worn in the 80s. I've only seen a few photos of flight suits with that feature.

James Brown
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posted 09-06-2012 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The suit has been sold.

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