You are bidding on a SUPERB and 100% ORIGINAL Gravity Knife and Pistol Lanyard, as used by various fighter pilots, flight crew, and Fallschirmjäger! Commonly, this was used in conjunction with the flight pants and survival gear.
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 pant”.
This lanyard is in AMAZING condition for it’s age! It came from one of the pockets of an minty pair of Winter Channel Pants I used to have in my collection. Though it does show some very slight wear age and a bit of corrosion on the clip, it is in almost PERFECT condition! No discoloration, staining or dry rot! Would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display!
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