An Apollo space suit Pressure Garment Assembly (PGA) removal tool kit developed by engineers to facilitate the removal of an astronaut or test subject from the space suit in case of malfunction (such as malfunction of the restraint or pressure zippers) or emergency should the subject be unconscious. The simple kit consists of a rod saw with extra blade and heavy-duty nipper type cutters, held in a vinyl case with ILC tag reading, “Part No. PGA Removal Kit, Serial No. 004.” In fine condition. This kit has been authenticated by Bill Ayrey, company historian at ILC Dover, the manufacturer of the Apollo, Shuttle, and Space Station suits, and is accompanied by a letter of provenance from him. These kits were produced in a very limited number.
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