David Clark Company has pioneered air and space crew protective equipment design, development and manufacture since 1941, with products ranging from anti-G suits to space suits.
David Clark Company’s tradition of providing crew protective equipment for leading edge, manned aerospace programs continues into the future, as our designers apply their expertise to passenger and crew protection in the commercial space flight market.
- First Standard Anti-G Suits and Valves used by allied fighter pilots during World War II to prevent blacking out during high-G maneuvers.
- First Operational Capstan Pressure Suits developed for X-1 rocket plane test pilots who broke the sound barrier and first explored high-altitude flight.
- X-15 Full-Pressure Suits developed for test pilots who flew the X-15 to record speeds and altitudes – Mach 6.70 and 354,200 feet.
- Gemini Space Suits developed for each mission’s unique requirements, including the G-4C space suit for Ed White’s first U.S. space walk
- Apollo Communications Carrier worn by all Apollo astronauts on lunar missions, providing clear and reliable communications with mission control on Earth.
- Standard Full-Pressure Suits worn by pilots of various high-altitude aircraft such as the F-4, F-15, XB-70, HL-10, X-24, U-2, AND SR-71 Blackbird.
- Shuttle Advanced Crew Escape Suits and Launch Entry Suits worn by space shuttle astronauts.