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RAF Jerkin System
British pressure suit, operational 1955. The RAF Jerkin System comprised a pressure vest used with a P/Q mask and anti-G suit. Several variations included unsleeved, sleeved and integrated garments proven for short term protection to 18 km.

Status: operational 1955.

Mk-1 Taylor and M.L. clam shell pressure helmets were used with the sleeved variant for short term protection to 30 km.

A helmet and a full trunk bladder extending down over the upper thighs - the RAF Jerkin - permitted higher breathing pressures for protection in higher altitudes, but for short periods. It was found that for exposures beyond a few minutes it was essential to add bladders to the legs and then to the arms, which brought on restriction of mobility.



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Swedish Jerkin Swedish pressure suit, operational 1968. Partial coverage garment - two pressure flying suit with diaphragmatic bladder, used with high pressure mask equivalent to A-13 with Hardman kit.

Family: Space Suits. Country: UK. Bibliography: 487.

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