Flying Clothing

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RAAF or RNZAF or possibly privately purchased flying gloves.

A recent find in New Zealand, stored along with other flying kit. These beautifully made leather gauntlets look like a cross between RAF 1941 pattern gauntlets and the Type D gauntlets, with an elasticized wrist and a wide gusset, but no zip fastener. Made from high-quality, soft and supple leather, the glove section is lined with blanket fleece and the gauntlet reinforced with a second layer of leather (similar to RAF 1941 pattern). Marked only with the size number (7) and quite small. A near perfect matched pair, in excellent condition, they appear to have never been worn.

$105 / £90 / €105

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RAAF / RNZAF flying gauntlets

RAAF / RNZAF flying gauntlets

RAAF / RNZAF flying gauntlets

RAAF / RNZAF flying gauntlets

RAAF / RNZAF flying gauntlets

RAAF / RNZAF flying gauntlets

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!

$95 / £85 / €95

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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

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers with braces/suspenders.

Far less common than the A-9 and A-11 flight pants, these A-8 trousers are seldom found. They were quilted and padded for cold weather and high altitude flying. This pair is in absolutely immaculate condition, and appear to have never been worn. They are also a super large size 38. OD green waterproofed cotton outer with heavy quilting and a cotton lining; two patch pockets on the thighs, two more on the back of the seat  and two zipped pockets on the lower legs below the knees. In addition to the woven spec. label, these are well marked the AAF winged star property stamp. Included are the original braces/suspenders with correct attachments for the buttons. These are also in impeccable, unused condition.

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AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

AAF Type A-8 Winter Flight Trousers

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.

Luftwaffe Channel trousers in blue suede, complete and in very good condition, 1943 dated.

Lovely pair of Luftwaffe Channel trousers in blue suede leather with heavy cotton fabric reinforced areas and large bellows pockets for carrying survival equipment when flying over water (hence the name). Overall condition is used but very good. I can find one very tiny hole in the suede, just below the satin waistband (barely shows although I tried to show it in the photos). There is some wear to the cotton on the inside of the pockets but only on one of the multiple layers of cotton fabric. All zips are metal and in very god working order with leather tabs still attached; all buttons present although one of the buttons on the waist is a period field replacement. Leather loops for securing flares and smoke canisters present; flag pocket on leg present, built in holster for flare pistol is good. So often these pockets are removed inner tabs are missing - these are complete. Great label with RB number and issue date of 1943.

$850 / £610 / €705  email to secure this item

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue5

LW Channel Suit Trousers - blue5

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.

$275 / £199 / €230  email to secure this item

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

1960s USAF Brown Rayon flying glove inserts, identical to WWII issue, size X-Large in superb condition.

 

These extra-large size flying glove inserts are actually Vietnam era, 1960s production which have been marked with the WWII AAF logo on the backs. Apart from the small tags sewn inside each glove, indicating manufacture by Kings Point Mfg. Co. Inc. they are identical to WWII issue. Unissued and as nice as pair as you will find. 

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AAF Rayon Flying Glove Liners

AAF Rayon Flying Glove Liners

AAF Rayon Flying Glove Liners

AAF Rayon Flying Glove Liners

AAF Rayon Flying Glove Liners

AAF Rayon Flying Glove Liners

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