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AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name.

 

One of the less common flying jackets worn by AAF pilots and aircrews. The AN-J-4 filled a gap between the A-2 and B-3 from around 1943 until replaced with the B-10 and B-15. This example is not in the best condition, being quite stiff, with flaking to the coated outer surface. This is a repaired area down one side of the back which has been patched, but in spite of that, I can find no evidence of damage or dry rot and the leather parts are good. Of note is the hand-painted name "Floeck" to the left side which may be researchable. Original zip in good working order and shearling lining is fine. About 70% of original AAF decal remains to left upper sleeve. Good label and size 40, but condition is only fair, and while it will display OK, I cannot recommend trying to wear this jacket.  Priced according to condition.

$175 / £145 / €165

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AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF AN-J-4 shearling flying jacket with painted name

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition.

Yet another absolutely superb AAF flying jacket, the B-11 Parka was for extreme cold weather flying, such as over the arctic circle or around Greenland. This coat apears to have never been worn and is complete with all buttons, good working zip, clean shell and lining and retaining its label. Very difficult to upgrade on this one.

$450 / £370 / €415

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AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent conditionDSCN5478

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent conditionDSCN5478

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type B-11 Flight Parka in excellent condition

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot.

rare example of the AAF body armour as issued to pilots. The Type 2 body armour, which was specifically for pilots, comprised a fully armoured chest plate filled with overlapping manganese steel plates, fitted with a back pad that contained no steel plates - because the pilot's seat was armour plated for protection from behind. Though it was sometimes worn with the groin protector, more often than not it was worn alone. Well marked and labeled and in excellent condition, clean with no wear or damage. One of the more difficult items of AAF flying kit to find.

$600 / £490 / €555

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AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type 2 Body Armor for pilot

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit by General Electric.

Now one of the hardest items of US flying clothing to find. An original Type F-1 electrically-heated inner flying suit, popularly known as the "blue bunny" suit. This example is in very good condition overall, with a few areas of mothing but nothing too serious or damaging. The worst area is the knitted cuff on the left wrist, and there are some slight wear areas on the blue wool on the back and on the sleeves. All plugs and contacts are present and all zips are in good working order. While not in mint condition, this is a great displayable example

$675 / £555 / €635

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AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

AAF Type F-1 electrically-heated "blue bunny" suit

RAF issue Sea Boot socks.

Synonymous with fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain, yet worn by all aircrews throughout the war, these over-the-knee wool socks provided extra warmth in cold cockpits and exposed turrets. Made from heavy off-white wool, this pair is not an exact match, but that is often how they were issued. Colour is the same and they are very close in size, but the ribbed pattern is slightly different. Nonetheless they are in very good condition showing minimal wear and are very clean. Perfect for display together with the 1936, '39 or '40 pattern flying boots.

$135 / £110 / €128

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RAF issue Sea Boot socks

RAF issue Sea Boot socks

RAF issue Sea Boot socks

RAF issue Sea Boot socks

RAF issue Sea Boot socks

RAF issue Sea Boot socks

RAF issue Sea Boot socks

RAF issue Sea Boot socks

RARE RAF chamois glove liners for 1933 pattern and 1941 pattern gauntlets.

One of the most difficult flying clothing accessory items to find: chamois gloves intended for wear underneath the 1933 and 1941 pattern flying gauntlets. One of the biggest dangers faced by fighter pilots was fire, so the Air Ministry offered as much protection against burns as possible, by practically insisting that aircrews (and especially fighter pilots) wore multiple layers on their hands: silk glove liners, then chamois gloves, then leather gauntlets. Most fighter pilots found that gloves hampered their "feel" of the stick and often wore none - resulting in terrible burns. Some crew positions wore only the silk or chamois but no leather outers. Personal preferences varied - but these liners are extremely difficult to find these days. This pair is unissued, unworn, still tacked together and superbly marked with Air Ministry crown and nomenclature and a decent size 9. Impossible to find better.

$295 / £240 / €280

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RAF chamois glove liners for 1933 pattern and 1941 pattern gauntlets

RAF chamois glove liners for 1933 pattern and 1941 pattern gauntlets

RAF chamois glove liners for 1933 pattern and 1941 pattern gauntlets

RAF chamois glove liners for 1933 pattern and 1941 pattern gauntlets

RAF chamois glove liners for 1933 pattern and 1941 pattern gauntlets

RAF chamois glove liners for 1933 pattern and 1941 pattern gauntlets

RAF chamois glove liners for 1933 pattern and 1941 pattern gauntlets

RAF chamois glove liners for 1933 pattern and 1941 pattern gauntlets

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 weight Channel Suit for wear over water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots.

A rare example of Commonwealth issued flying clothing. These New Zealand made boots are Identical to the RAF 1936 Pattern Boots, except for the markings. Both boots are are marked to the top outer edge NZ 41 (there are more digits but it's difficult to make out what they say). Condition is good used. The soles and heels are original and quite worn; there is a worn spot on the back of ankle that has worn a very small hole in the leather but this is not a detraction. Fleece linings are also good, with some small worn spots/moulting at the top. Leather is good but might benefit from cleaning and dressing. New Zealand had the smallest Commonwealth Air Force and flying kit made in New Zealand is the rarest of all Commonwealth countries. In 30 years of collecting this is only the second pair of these boots I have come across.

$500 / £460 / €515

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RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

RNZAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London.

Very similar design, pattern and materials to the early electrically-heated clothing items as issued to RAF crews, although I have been unable to positively establish this as being an issue item. Perhaps a trial or experimental piece? Electrically-heated clothing first came into use for aviators in 1917-18 and I am inclined to think this may have been an inter-war experimental design.  It could also be post-war but there isn't much evidence of heated clothing after the war. Complete and in very good condition, with rubber coated lead and small black bakelite plug. If anyone has more information, please feel free to share. Priced according to the lack of available knowledge - certainly rare!

$50 / £40 / €48

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Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

Electrically-heated waistcoat by Inferation of London

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 dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

RAF Mosquito Boots dated 1944

AAF A-2 jacket knitted waistband, unissued.

An original, WWII period knitted waistband in medium brown wool, for the A-2 flying jacket. Measures 30" long (75cm) unstretched by 8" (20cm) which folds over the 4" (10cm). No holes or snags, excellent unused waistband.

$75 / £60 / €72

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AAF A-2 jacket knitted waistband, unissued

AAF A-2 jacket knitted waistband, unissued

AAF A-2 jacket knitted waistband, unissued

AAF A-2 jacket knitted waistband, unissued

USAF leather flying gloves, HAU-6/P unissued and unworn.

Modern era jet aircrew flying gloves in unlined brown leather, model HAU-6/P (I believe from the 1980s or 90s). Still sewn together - never worn. Lovely quality gloves, both with labels and marked size 5 but they fit me perfectly (like a glove!) and I would wear a size  9 RAF wartime glove. Very similar looking to the WWII B-3A but better quality finishing.

$45 / £35 / €43

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USAF flying gloves, HAU-6/P unissued and unworn

USAF flying gloves, HAU-6/P unissued and unworn

USAF flying gloves, HAU-6/P unissued and unworn

USAF flying gloves, HAU-6/P unissued and unworn

USAF flying gloves, HAU-6/P unissued and unworn

USAF flying gloves, HAU-6/P unissued and unworn

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USAF flying gloves, HAU-6/P unissued and unwornDSCN3747

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 named to a Hawk pilot with pilot wings and squadron patch attached.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS flying use.

 

Heavy, fleece-lined leather mittens with short gauntlets in very dark brown/black leather. Tightening strap to wrist fastens with a UCFC press stud (United Carr Fastener Co.). Being black they may have been used by the RNAS which preferred black leather for their flying kit to the RFC's brown. Since most clothing used for flying was privately purchased anyway, it is impossible to say if these were used for flying or driving - but they are very warm and quite suitable for either. Some wear/damage to the leather on one gauntlet,  but not significant and they display well.

$60 / £43 / €50

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WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS use.

WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS use.

WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS use.

WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS use.

WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS use.

WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS use.

WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS use.

WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS use.

WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS use.

WWI era heavy mittens, possibly RNAS use.

Reproduction RAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots in large size 11UK.

 

Beautifully made pair of modern manufacture 1936 Pattern Flying Boots in a huge size 11 UK (12 US). Perfect to fill a gap or for the re-enactor who has trouble finding the larger sizes. Excellent quality leather and made to a very high standard. Half the price of an original pair and safe to wear.

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RAF 1936 pattern boots - REPRO

RAF 1936 pattern boots - REPRO

RAF 1936 pattern boots - REPRO

RAF 1936 pattern boots - REPRO

RAF 1936 pattern boots - REPRO

RAF 1936 pattern boots - REPRO

RAF 1936 pattern boots - REPRO

RAF 1936 pattern boots - REPRO

AAF / USAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens.

Issued for extreme cold weather flying, and no doubt intended for wearing over other warm gloves. Gloves are in superb condition, appear unissued and made from unlined brown leather with moccasin style stitching. Well marked inside with what appears to be a 1949 contract order date. US Air Force white ink stamp on back of both hands. First pair of these I have ever encountered. Interesting item of flying clothing from between WWII and the Korean War, when the AAF was transitioning into the USAF and still using brown leather for a lot of flying kit. 

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AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

AAF Type N-2 Aircrew Mittens

WWII US Army issue general purpose OD wool and leather gloves size 8.

Heavy wool gloves with leather palms. General purpose issue for drivers, mechanics, etc. and undoubtedly also worn by aircrews especially gunners and those in exposed or prone positions. Exellent condition with good woven spec. labels in  both gloves indicating contract no. and size. No damage, light use.

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US Army wool/leather gloves

US Army wool/leather gloves

US Army wool/leather gloves

US Army wool/leather gloves

US Army wool/leather gloves

US Army wool/leather gloves

US Army wool/leather gloves

US Army wool/leather gloves

Korean War USAF Type A-1 / E-1 series flight suit shirt and trousers made of 100% wool. 

 

4-pocket A-1B flight suit "shirt, mens, coat style" in sage wool, size medium and matching E-1B "trousers, flying, inner" size 34 waist with knit cuffs. Jacket has some moth trails (visible in photographs) but no holes except at the edge of the left shirt cuff. Trousers seem to be pretty much moth free, so overall the suit is very good and quite displayable condition. Like a lot of flying clothing from this era, these suits were produced in OD, blue and sage, this being the later version in sage green dating to circa 1953. Generally worn under heavier outer flying clothing such as the B-15 jacket. A nice set.

 

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Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

Korean War USAF A1/E1 flight suit

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