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 a light grey/blue leather, with a blue satin lining, this RARE pair of pants is in GOOD used condition! Though it does show some very slight wear, marks, and stains from wear, it is 100% complete with all pockets and electrics! Though the main plug has been swapped out, replacements are quite easy to find. Zippers are made by both ZIPP and Ri-Ri…and though the late-war plastic zippers all function 100% smoothly and correctly, all the metal zips are missing teeth/broken. Period replacement zippers come up quite a bit, so those could be replaced quite easily.
The interior lining is made of a soft satin-type lining and is 100% intact with no tears or damage. The manufacture label is quite clear with the RBn. Number and size. Info indicates:
The size is a 1b, so it would fit anyone with a medium build. Would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display!
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