Russell Sidney

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Russell Sidney Colley was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts back in 1897. His dream was to design women’s clothing but enrolled at the Wentworth Institute of Technology graduating in 1918. Ten years later he moved to Akron, Ohio working as a mechanical engineer for the B.F. Goodrich Co.

A fellow engineer came with the idea of the first aircraft de-icer, he was given the assignment to make it operational. Of course, he did and that same concept is still in use to this day. In 1935, he helped Wiley Post reach an altitude of 40,000 feet which was unheard of in those days. All in all, he received 65 patents in his career, retiring from NASA he returned to Ohio where he died in 1996. He was 98 years young.

What you may not know about Russell is that the suit he created for Mr. Post was the first pressurized suit used by a pilot. In the 1940’s he helped design the Goodrich XH-5 full pressure suit for the U.S. Army Air Force. all six original Mercury astronauts went to Akron to be fitted by Russell for their suits. He was dubbed the “First Tailor of the Space Age.”

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray ah, the Armani of outer space.... never thought about there being a creator of space suits....

Jul 16, 2019 03:27 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

His suit lasted the test of time and made huge contribution to the men and women who used it.

Jul 16, 2019 04:19 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Russell had a particular talent as a tailor. Enjoy your day!

Jul 16, 2019 04:21 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

NASA gave us so many items that make our lives much better.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 16, 2019 04:24 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Another significant historical figure, James, that most of us knew nothing about... until this morning, of course!

Jul 16, 2019 05:30 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - it seems his "fashion sense" was an important part of his success in his endeavors.  

Jul 16, 2019 06:31 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I can honestly say that I didn’t know who the first Taylor for the space-age was James Dray 

Jul 16, 2019 06:46 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, quite different than what he had aspired to do and it sounds like it was a lot more productive as well.

Jul 16, 2019 06:51 AM #8
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

We visited the Dayton, Akron Ohio area a few years ago and were so surprised that a lot of the aerospace industry birthplace is there! It certainly was a hotbed for inventions.

Jul 16, 2019 07:13 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This was a very interesting read and I enjoyed it.

Jul 16, 2019 07:48 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

I loved this story.  You keep educating us with some very interesting facts as usual.  Wishing you a delightful day.  A

Jul 16, 2019 08:15 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - for the latest in Space Suit Design, great story.

Jul 16, 2019 10:57 AM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James Dray,  Did not know that the suits were trailor in Akron, you would think they would have a museum there on it.


Jul 16, 2019 10:57 AM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Welll...there is a little known historic fact !

Jul 16, 2019 12:31 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- very appropriate since today is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's launch. 

Jul 16, 2019 01:45 PM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I echo Kathy Streib's comments. Russel helped us put astronauts on the moon by inventing the pressurized suit. 

Jul 16, 2019 02:29 PM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Very appropriate as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing James.

Jul 16, 2019 03:21 PM #17
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Every time I read about these amazing folks and the number of inventions and patents that were created... I ponder: It seems to me that the biggest and most impactful inventions were created before 1945 or so.  I realize that the things developed now have to do with the digital age but the ones you list, James, seem more important to humanity!  Thanks again.

Aug 14, 2019 07:16 AM #18
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Ackk!!!  I was suckered into reading this AGAIN!!!  aaaaarrrgghhhh.

Just as good the second time around!

Aug 14, 2019 12:37 PM #19
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