Development of protective flight uniforms began during WW1, and continued into WW2. What developed were a 1-piece flight suit (2 for winter 1 for summer), which in 1936 developed into an electrically heated flight suit. This suit consisted of a one-piece jacket/pant combination with separate gloves and socks. The flight suits contained built-in insulated heating elements which connected directly to the aircraft’s power supply. The early version was intended for cold weather flight, and was worn over the standard uniform. In July 1940, new regulations determined a 2-piece flight suit was to be manufactured. The 2-piece suit consisted of a separate jacket and pants, and was commonly referred to as the “channel jacket”.
Manufactured in blue cotton, with a fur/fleece lining and brown fur collar, this RARE jacket is in VERY GOOD used condition! Though it does show some wear and marks, it is still VERY solid, and retains most of it’s original coloring! The exterior Map Pocket is also present, however the leather oxygen mask loop is missing (easy to replace). The snaps are of PRYM manufacture, and the zippers are made by ZIPP – all function 100% smoothly and correctly, and are all free of rust.
The interior lining is made of fur/fleece and is 100% intact with no tears or damage. Retains the original manufacture ink stamp, indicating a size 1B, so it would fit anyone with a small/medium build. Overall a SUPERB combat-worn example…and would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display!
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