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Flying Clothing

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Stunning WWII US Navy winter flying boots Type M-380B.

The Navy equivalent of the AAF A-6 boots, made from heavy shearling with a polyacrylate coating, reinforced with leather and a rubber shoe / galosh section. These boots show only very light wear to the heel of the rubber soles but are in quite remarkable condition. They have double zip fasteners (one goes up, one goes down) and laces at the back to ensure a tight and secure fit but yet easy to put on and take off. Leather, shearling and rubber all super pliable. One of the zips on the right boot is stuck closed and I don't want to force it, with the bottom  2 or 3 teeth slightly separated, but this doesn't affect the appearance or functionality of the boots (the secod zip is fine) Manufactured by Hood and size Ex-large.

$250 / £200 / €230

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USN M-380B flying boots in excellent condition

USN M-380B flying boots in excellent condition

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USN M-380B flying boots in excellent condition

USN M-380B flying boots in excellent condition

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Scarce RAF brogue waders and boots for flying boat crews.

One of the more scarce and unusual items of flying/aircrew clothing I have ever come across! A lovely set of Air Ministry marked Brogue Waders and boots. First used in the 1920s with early flying boats, but still issued in WWII to the aircrews and handling crews of Sunderlands and Catalinas and other flying boats and seaplanes. These were also used when the RAF began competing in the Schneider Trophy races with seaplanes and the pilot had to be carried to and from his aircraft so he didn't get wet. Comprises a very sturdy pair of rubberized canvas and leather boots, size 11 and well marked, with metal studs for gripping the seabed. These were worn over thigh-length waders or bib-stype overalls made of the same rubberized canvas fabric. This pair includes thigh-high waders which are also faintly marked but less discernable. One wader is missing its strap and buckle, one has a few small holes in the foot area, but the canvas remains overall supple and flexible. The set appears unissued with just storage wear and some oxidation to the metal studs in the sole. Quite a rarity and a wonderful display item for any flying boat or Schneider Trophy competition exhibit.

$750 / £595 / €695

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RAF flying boat brogue waders and boots

RAF flying boat brogue waders and boots

RAF flying boat brogue waders and boots

RAF flying boat brogue waders and boots

RAF flying boat brogue waders and boots

RAF flying boat brogue waders and boots

RAF flying boat brogue waders and boots

RAF flying boat brogue waders and boots

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RAF Type D flying gloves, non-matching pair.

Excellent non-matching pair of Type D flying gloves. Near perfect match in the colour of the leather, but one is marked as a size 9-1/2 while the other is marked a size 10. However they seem to be a very close match in size and it's hard to tell when wearing them or placing them together. One has a broad arrow marked label and the other has a nice A-crown-M label. These and other gloves were often issued non-matching and I have no doubt these were always together this way (although they appear unissued). 

$120 / £95 / €112

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RAF Type D flying gauntlets

RAF Type D flying gauntlets

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RAF Type D electrically-heated waistcoat.

Type D electrically-heated waistcoat issued to heavy bomber crews from 1942-43 throughout the war. Brown cotton jacket with press-stud/snap connectors to carry current to gloves and bootees (via wired tapes from the waist down the legs). Well marked with Air Ministry label and Windak manufacturer's tag inside the neck. Lovely complete example - often the snap fasteners are missing or torn - this one is intact with no tears or damage and makes an excellent display.

$400 / £320 / €370

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RAF Type D electrically heated waistcoat for high altitude flying

RAF Type D electrically heated waistcoat for high altitude flying

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RAF Type D electrically heated waistcoat for high altitude flying

RAF Type D electrically heated waistcoat for high altitude flying

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Rare Japanese Army Air Force flying gloves.

 

Fantastic pair of extremely rare Japanese Army Air Force flying gloves, made of soft brown suede, with knit wool linings and trimmed with rabbit fur. Each glove is well marked with nice crisp stamping and has a leather thing tightening strap.  These show very light wear, and there is a tiny split on the left hand index finger, and a very small seam separation on the middle finger. Very hard to find and a more beautiful example.

$450 / £355 / €415

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Japanese Army Air Force flying gloves

Japanese Army Air Force flying gloves

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RAF 1933 Pattern Flying Gauntlets showing use but with history.

Well worn pair of RAF 1933 Pattern Flying Gloves, the so-called "straight zip" type worn by Battle of Britain fighter pilots. This pair has definitely seen some use, but could, with patience and loving care, be restored – or indeed displayed "as is." The leather is worn but not dry rotted. It has a few seams which have separated, but none of the leather is missing. Both zips work perfectly and the linings show nice clear markings and AID stamps. If only they could talk...

$190 / £150 / €172

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RAF 1933 Pattern Flying Gauntlets showing use but with history

RAF 1933 Pattern Flying Gauntlets showing use but with history

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RAF 1933 Pattern Flying Gauntlets showing use but with history

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Complete panel of an early wartime silk parachute / scarf.

Hard to tell if this is from a US or British made parachute, but it is silk, not rayon or nylon, and the only marking is the panel number 15.  Measures about 12' (365cm) long by about 3' ( 92cm) at it's widest end, going down to 6" (15cm) at the thin end. Clean, excellent condition and would make several great scarves or could be used to wrap the packing on an actual parachute.

$125 / £100 / €115

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RAF or AAF wartime silk parachute panel

RAF or AAF wartime silk parachute panel

RAF or AAF wartime silk parachute panel

RAF or AAF wartime silk parachute panel

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Original replacement knit waistband for an A-2 flying jacket.

 

Original knit waistband for the A-2 flying jacket. New, old stock medium brown wool knit waistband, unused and in perfect condition, with no moth nips or snags. If you have a A-2 jacket with a tatty waistband (as many are) this will bring your jacket back like new. 

ONE LEFT IN STOCK.

$75 / £60 / €70

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AAF A-2 original knit waistband

AAF A-2 original knit waistband

AAF A-2 original knit waistband

AAF A-2 original knit waistband

US Navy Air Gunner's mittens 

 

Absolutely superb pair of US Navy Air Gunner's mittens with separate "trigger" finger in outstanding condition. High quality black leather with beautiful gold foiled USN tp both gauntlets and tab indicating size 9. Leather lined gauntlet and fleece lined mitten. They show very little wear. Superb quality.

$135 / £110 / €125

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USN air gunner's mittens with trigger finger

USN air gunner's mittens with trigger finger

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AAF Type A-12 Arctic weather / High-Altitude flight mittens.

 

Very good used pair of AAF high-altitude, extreme cold (Arctic) mittens for wear over other gloves for flight and ground crews. Olive drab green cotton mittens with leather palms and heavy alpaca lining in the hand section, with a friction tightening strap at the wrist. These would typically be worn withe the B-9 or B-11 Parka. Both still have their tags attached and are dated 1944. 

$75 / £62 / €70

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AAF A-12 Arctic mittens

AAF A-12 Arctic mittens

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WWII US Navy flying gauntlets for an air  gunner.

 

Very good used pair of flying gauntlets as issued to US Navy air gunners in the European theatre. Dark brown leather with fleece lining, designed as mittens with a separate trigger finger. One small nick (1 cm / 0.5") in the right hand thumb. USN in a box stamped on the back of both hands. Curiously, like RAF gloves, not quite a perfect matching pair, but very close, with a very slight colour variation. Both are marked Medium size. Zips in good working order. Super high quality leather and quite a scarce item.

$135 / £110 / €125

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USN air gunner's mittens with trigger finger

USN air gunner's mittens with trigger finger

USN air gunner's mittens with trigger finger

USN air gunner's mittens with trigger finger

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USN air gunner's mittens with trigger finger

USN air gunner's mittens with trigger finger

Luftwaffe 2-piece winter weight Channel Suit for wear over water.

 

By contrast to the white "Bulgarian suit, this blue-grey shearling/sheepskin heavyweight "Channel" suit is a true combat veteran! Blue grey was designated for flight over water and this suit saw plenty of action, though remains in fair to good condition, the jacket showing the most wear. The main zip has been replaced (period) but has a break in the tape. It can be closed carefully. Sleeve zips are stiff but working though the pullers are broken. Waistband has been replaced (again, this appears to be period and new waistband shows plenty of use). Collar is worn and has a tear but could be repaired. With care, this jacket could most certainly be restored. The trousers are in better condition, with original functioning zips and all pockets complete with loops, tabs and flaps for storing survival kit. The leg/flag pocket is missing part of the snap fastener and there are a couple of very neat repairs (and one not so neat which could be  field repair) but are otherwise in very good condition. Zips are an unusual maker, marked  DePe and Czechoslovakia. The label inside the trousers is also unusual and has an open ended early date (193_). It's possible the suit was made in Czechoslovakia, which is an interesting variation. Overall it's a perfectly displayable example of a used suit, priced according to its condition.

$1,500 / £1,335 / €1,540

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Luftwaffe 2-piece winter Channel suit for flight over water

Luftwaffe 2-piece winter Channel suit for flight over water

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RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944.

 

Well above average, very good clean pair of RAF Mosquito boots in brown suede with drawstring ties to keep out mosquitoes and other pests. These boots were originally intended for ground crews in desert conditions, but were quickly seized by pilots and aircrews, notably fighter pilots, who recognized their immense value.  The boots were produced in both green and brown suede; this pair is brown, which seems to be the less common. They are well marked, size 8 UK (9 US) with Air Ministry crown and broad arrow. They are also marked inside the foot (impossible to get a photo but very clearly visible) with the maker's name: John White, and a date of 1944. Original soles and heels all in excellent condition and very light wear overall. As nice a pair as you will find.

$575 / £480 / €545

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RAF Mosquito boots

RAF Mosquito boots

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RAF Mosquito boots

RAF Mosquito boots

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RAF Mk 14 Flying Suit/overalls named to a Hawk pilot with pilot wings and squadron patch attached.

 

Dating from 1992-1994, this flying suit was worn by a pilot of 234 squadron, No. 4 (Advanced) Flying School at  RAF Valley in North Wales flying British Aerospace Hawk. Unusual in that the suit still has the owner's named pilot wing patch, Hawk shoulder patch and 234 Squadron patch attached. In excellent condition - and still has the handwritten pre-flight checklist and flight data inside the thigh pockets. All zips in good working order, no wear or damage. A great modern era flying suit.

$175 / £135 / €160

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RAF Mk 14 Flying Suit to a Hawk pilot with 234 squadron

RAF Mk 14 Flying Suit to a Hawk pilot with 234 squadron

RAF Mk 14 Flying Suit to a Hawk pilot with 234 squadron

RAF Mk 14 Flying Suit to a Hawk pilot with 234 squadron

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