Parachutes / Mae Wests

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Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover).

Though missing the lower cover, this K dinghy pack for the seat type parachute is a bit grubby from storage but in overall good condition and named to a Fleet Air Arm crewman with 827 squadron.  827 operated Barracuda aircraft and took part in Operation Tungsten, the attack on the Tirpitz. The pack has an official blue "Unserviceable" tag attached noting that the dinghy cylinder pocket is torn. No doubt the serviceable parts were salvaged for use elsewhere. All internal pockets are present and it still has its male attachment clip for fastening to the mae west. The pack is well marked and named to Petty Officer Love. A great piece of history with a possible Tirpitz connection - well worth researching.

$235 / £199 / €226

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Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Pack Type A Mk II/III for the K Dinghy (minus lower cover)

Extremely rare first model stole-inflated life vest named to fighter pilot with 401 Squadron.

 

The very earliest model  of the "Stole inflated life saving waistcoat" issued in 1941 (popularly known as 1941 Pattern Mae West). The label states this is a "Flap Type" but the flap has clearly been cut off, in keeping with AMOs. However the vest has none of the later features: no grab handles,  no leg/crotch tapes, no eyelet for whistle; no pocket for  skull-cap, no floating lamp pocket or attachment for the dinghy. The only feature is the dye-pack pocket and the automatic inflation mechanism. Fastens with dished brass buttons. Vest has a few minor holes (just wear and tear), the largest of which is to the front, smaller holes at the edge but no major detractions; zip works fine and reveals  a superb Air Ministry marked stole (bladder) still fitted with its inflation lever mechanism, plus a correct original set of very early kapok pads, AM marked and covered in tan oilcloth fabric. The stole is an early production type and has a later hand-written inspection signature to the rear. Lovely label is further enhanced by being named to F/O Bowman of 401 Squadron. 401 was a Spitfire squadron operated by the RCAF. Examples of first model stole inflated life-saving waistcoats are extremely rare and having it ID'd to a known fighter unit is a superb bonus.

$3,500 / £3,115 / €3,590

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Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

Extremely rare first model "flap type" life vest named to fighter pilot.

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction) with GENUINE WW2 silk canopy inside.

Early style "square" pack used from 1942-43 until replaced with the "barrel" shaped design. Made by the Rigger Depot - but this example has been custom fitted with a genuine WW2 dated (August 1944) silk parachute canopy. This is as new and has never been worn or used.

Note: canopy is correctly packed but is NOT attached to the risers and this can NOT be used to jump. 

$495 / £430 / €495  

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Pack only without canopy:

$295 / £256 / €295   

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AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF QAC "square" pack AN6513-1 (reproduction)

AAF Pack for the Type C-2 Pneumatic raft.

 

Heavy canvas pack for the Type C-2 Pneumatic raft for attaching to the seat-type parachute harness. This is one of the later types with the hooks reversed so that the wearer sat on the opening. manufacture date of March 1945. Made by Rubber Raft Corp. of America. Very good condition, with some staining and soiling from storage. 

$220 / £160 / €185  

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AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

AAF C-2 Pararaft pack

RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern Mae West.

 

Small version of the heliograph / signal mirror which was intended for the Type K dinghy survival kit, but invariably finished up being carried in the  small pocket on the 1941 pattern Mae West. Complete with cotton pouch and siting tool, all in excellent condition, with printed instructions on back of steel mirror. Minor rust stain on pouch and tiny speck of rust on siting tool. Retains cord for attaching to eyelet on Mae West. 

$90 / £65 / €77

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RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern mae west

RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern mae west

RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern mae west

RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern mae west

RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern mae west

RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern mae west

RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern mae west

RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern mae west

RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern mae west

RAF small heliograph / signal mirror for the 1941 pattern mae west

AAF chest type parachute

T-ring to deploy 'chute.

 

One of those hard-to-find accessories to complete a parachute pack or display. The "T" shape pull handle for a chest type parachute as used by aircrew.

$25 / £18 / €20

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AAF chest type parachute T-ring

AAF chest type parachute T-ring

AAF chest type parachute T-ring

AAF chest type parachute T-ring

AAF chest type parachute T-ring

AAF chest type parachute T-ring

WWII or early post war period commercial life vest probaby for passengers on commercial flights.

Single chamber, blue grey rubberized fabric life preserver fitted with an auto-inflation mechanism as well as a top-up tube. Fastens by one webbing tape around the waist and one tie at the front. It looks like a cross between a German Luftwaffe issue vest and a USAAF issue B-5 but is marked Knapp and Monach, St. Louis, USA on the mechanism. No other markings that I can see. Lacks cartridge but in excellent, unused condition.

 

$40 / £30  / €350  email to secure this item

US commercial life vest 1940s

US commercial life vest 1940s

US commercial life vest 1940s

US commercial life vest 1940s

US commercial life vest 1940s

US commercial life vest 1940s

US commercial life vest 1940s

US commercial life vest 1940s

AAF Back Pack parachute "ripcord" comprising "D" ring and cable with release pins still attached.

 

Back Pack parachutes were used throughout the war, from 1942 onwards, by both fighter pilots and bomber crews, although they are thought of as somewhate scarce (and are certainly less common than either the seat pack or the clip-on chest pack). This ripcord comprises the D-ring handle with long cable and a series of 4 release pins, all of which are present. The handle is stamped AN 6571-1 with a W in a circle.

 

£20 / $25 / €24  Click to secure item

AAF Back pack Parachute ripcord

AAF Back pack Parachute ripcord

AAF Back pack Parachute ripcord

AAF Back pack Parachute ripcord

AAF Back pack Parachute ripcord

AAF Back pack Parachute ripcord