Full record for vacuum suit n.

Definition a spacesuit
OED requirements antedating 1930
Earliest cite E. E. Smith, "Skylark Three"
Comment Douglas Winston submitted a cite from an undated reprint of Henry Kuttner's 1949 "The Time Axis"; Fred Galvin verified this cite in its 1949 first publication.
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1999 reprint of David Drake's 1998 "With the Lightnings".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1998 cite from Kathy Tyers' "Fusion Fire".
Malcolm Farmer submitted cites for "vacuum suit" and "vacuum-suit" from a 1999 reprint of Murray Leinster's 1955 "Scrimshaw". Mike Christie verified these in the 1955 magazine publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Robert Abernathy's "Failure on Titan"
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a reprint of H.B. Fyfe's 1948 "Bureau of Slick Tricks", which Mike Christie verified in the original publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a January 1947 reprint of "Venus Mines, Incorporated", by Nathan Schachner and Arthur Leo Zagat; we would like to verify the cite in its first publication (Wonder Stories, August, 1931)
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from part II of the serialization of E.E. Smith's "Skylark Three"
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Citations for vacuum suit n.

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1930 Amazing Stories Sept. 543/2 They were wearing vacuum suits and were very short and stocky, giving theimpression of enormous strength.
1930 Amazing Stories Sept. 545/1 As Loring held the steel vessel close to the stranger, DuQuesne donned avacuum suit and stepped into the airlock.
1930 E.E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Sept. 545/1 As Loring held the steel vessel close to the stranger, DuQuesne donned a vacuum suit and stepped into the airlock.
1947 R. Abernathy Failure on Titan in Planet Stories Winter 61/1 He removed the helmet, set it carelessly on the desk-top, and, turning, began to unzip his vacuum suit.
1948 H. B. Fyfe Bureau of Slick Tricks in Astounding Sci. Fiction Dec. 76/2 ‘But this gentleman in the rather crude vacuum suit wished to inquire about them.’ He turned to the metallic bulk, which exchanged a series of whistles with him. The alien turned and lumbered away.
1949 H. Kuttner Time Axis Jan. xiv. 50/1 I passed an Exploratory Station and took a minute to go in and grab a vacuum suit. Carrying it, I headed for a gate in the great dome that covered the city.
1955 ‘M. Leinster’ Scrimshaw in Astounding Sci. Fiction Sept. 137 His vacuum suit went slack about him.
1955 ‘M. Leinster’ Scrimshaw in Astounding Sci. Fiction Sept. 131 There was a warning-bell in the shack, and when a rocketship from Lunar City got above the horizon and could send a tight beam, the gong clanged loudly, and Pop got into a vacuum-suit and went out the air lock.
1988 K. Tyers Fusion Fire vii. 64 Polar wandered back toward the star-filled projection tank beside Adiyn's long desk, his black mood enveloping him like a vacuum suit.
1990 B. Shaw Orbitsville Departure 103 Although it was the most over-publicised object in the globe, he paused before the heroic bronze which depicted a man clad in a vacuum suit of a design which had been in service two centuries earlier.
1998 D. Drake With Lightnings 394 Daniel had vanished toward the bridge while Adele with the help of two sailors was still getting out of her vacuum suit.
2002 D. Weber Excalibur Alternative xi. 258 One of the Navy's main construction docks dominated the scene, and Mugabi could just make out the bright, color-coded vacuum suits of the yard workers as they hovered about the mile-long hull of what would have been a new battlecruiser.