Parachutes / Mae Wests

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RAF seat type parachute cushion/pack for the K dinghy Type A, Mk III* in unissued condition.

Fantastic canvas seat cushion/pack for the K dinghy and all survival gear for use by fighter pilots. This is the Type A (for the seat type parachute) Mk III* (denoting it has the pouch on one side for the emergency bale-out oxygen supply). Instructions for use are printed in four languages (English, French, Polish or Czech and Dutch) because by 1944, there were many nationalities flying with the RAF. Pack is complete with all straps and pockets for survival equipment, all snaps present and pack appears unissued and unused. Excellent condition. Getting very hard to find nowadays. 

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RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*DSCN3541

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*DSCN3541

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*

RAF seat-type parachute dinghy-pack Type A Mk III*

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