Dark green pair of B. F. Goodrich Mark IV pressure suit left and right gloves as used by high-altitude pilots on the U2 and SR-71 spy planes. Both gloves feature an orange B. F. Goodrich labels affixed inside the metal wrist connector, with the left glove reading: "Suit, High Altitude, Full Pressure, MK IV, N458, Unit: Glove, Size: Small Long, Stock No. RD8475-786-8565-LF50, Type: MK IV MOD 1 Type I…Contract No. N383-67713A, Date of Mfg. 2-61, Specification: MIL-S-21395A(WEP), U.S. Navy." The right glove is similarly marked: "Suit, High Altitude, Full Pressure, MK IV, Unit: Glove, Size Extra Small, Type: MK IV MOD 1 Type 1…Contract No. N383-84442A…Specification: MIL-S-21395A(WEP), U.S. Navy." The inner wrist of the also labeled for "R. L. Harris." In overall fine condition, with expected wear from use. This glove design served as the basis for the Mercury space suit gloves, which were also made by B. F. Goodrich. Dr. Randall L. Harris wrote a number of articles on flight and pilot behavior while employed at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
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