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posted 04-23-2013 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While reading the recent updates on the Crew Compartment Trainer (CCT) mockup delivered to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, I noticed in one paragraph that contracts were let to a company to build at least five spacesuit replicas to display alongside the CCT.
In addition, three other CCT-1 exhibit contracts were recently awarded to add further content to the display. A contract to build five reproduction space suits representing the space shuttle and Gemini programs was awarded to David Clark Company, Inc., of Worcester, Mass., in the amount of $175,000.
Will these be similar to the real spacesuits last displayed along a corridor at the museum, which I saw ten years ago? I surmise that these are no longer on view due to conservation issues. Were they returned to the National Air and Space Museum, or are they still at the museum?

I saw Mercury and 'Blue Gemini' capsules on the museum's website with mannequins inside wearing suits; I imagine they are copies unless they too were removed from display.

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