Full record for face plate n.

Definition i.e., of a space- or diving-suit
OED requirements antedating 1930
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1942 cite from Jack Williamson's "Minus Sign". Alan Cox submitted a cite from a 1974 edition of E.E. 'Doc' Smith's "Skylark Three": Alistair Durie verified the cite in the original 1930 serialization in Amazing Stories.

Earliest cite in OED: 1962.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for face plate n.

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1930 E. E. Smith Skylark Three in Amazing Stories Aug. 405/2 Back in the control room, Dunark and Sitar let their pressure decrease gradually to that of the terrestrial vessel and removed the face-plates from their helmets.
1942 ‘W. Stewart’ Minus Sign in Astounding Sci. Fiction Nov. 68/2 Another guardsman in black armor came clawing up the rungs in frantic haste. He slammed his face plate up.
1989 Omni Aug. 14/3 The standard underwater hardhat looks like something an astronaut would wear, but it has a faceplate like a flat scuba mask, which blocks peripheral vision.
1991 O. S. Card Xenocide xv. 339 Tears dropped onto the faceplate of the suit.
1992 A. Steele Labyrinth of Night 270 Nash instinctively threw his arms up in front of his helmet to protect his faceplate from being cracked ‥
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars iii.89 The sun was overhead, too bright to look at even through her faceplate.