Jerry Mahoney The Spaceman

jerry mahoney space suit

Jerry Mahoney was a spaceman and I can prove it. Here he is dressed in am original NASA space suit which was hand tailored by Russell Colley

Russell Colley (1899-1996) was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts, and graduated from the Wentworth Institute of Technology before moving to Akron, Ohio, in 1928 to work as an engineer for the B. F. Goodrich Company.

He was quite the inventor and, in 1934, was tasked with designing and making a device to allow aviator Wiley Post to reach higher altitudes. This was how the pilot pressure suit was invented; Colley sewed the original on his wife’s sewing machine. Post eventually reached 47000 feet in that suit. In the 1950s, NASA called upon Goodrich and Colley to develop a suit for use in space.

Colley personally fitted space suits for all six of the astronauts that flew in the Mercury program. He also invented a pair of gloves with fingertip lights at the request of John Glenn. NASA awarded Colley their Distinguished Public Service Medal in 1994 for his pioneering work.



Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to:

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