WW2 German Luftwaffe Schwimmweste Life Jacket 10-30 B-2 – Me109 Fw190 Me262 RARE


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You are bidding on a SUPERB example of a WW2 German Luftwaffe 10-30 B-2 Luftwaffe Schwimmwest (Life Jacket / Life Preserver), Fl. 30154-2, as used by various fighter pilots and bomber crew!


 The 10-30 B2 was a carbon dioxide cartridge-operated inflatable vest.  It was a much more improved design, replacing the full-back model and utilizing a stole type buoyancy chamber.  This formed a cushion of air that was maintained behind the head, around the shoulders and on the chest, ensuring the wearer’s head was kept clear of water and that he floated face upwards.  The B-1 pattern (Fl 30154-1) emerged late in 1940 as a result of lessons learned in the English channel during the Battle of Britain. The B-2 (Fl 30154-2) followed in 1941 and differed only in having plastic fittings for the gas inflation cartridge and the mouthpiece instead of Nickel and cast alloy. 


Made of a tan canvas construction by “bwz” (Auer-Gesellschaft AG), this pneumatic life vest is in AMAZING used condition!  Manufactured later in the war, the vest has a front central opening secured by 2 horizontal straps, as well as vertical leg straps to help secure the bottom of the vest to the wearer.  The upper left side features a black rubberized manual inflation tube and a black bakelite mouthpiece.  The bottom edge of the left has a bakelite attachment point and cylindrical CO2 canister which would automatically inflate the vest when opened.  All markings on the inflation canister are 100% intact and legible.  The original data label indicates:



 Gerät Nr. 10-30 B-2 

Anforderz. Fl. 30154-2

Werk-Nr.  556913

Hersteller  bwz


 Some of the acceptance stamps are still clearly legible!  One of the SOFTEST and most FLEXIBLE vests I have owned, the internal bladder also still inflates!!  Sadly, it does not hold air for longer than about an hour or so (probably a small leak internally), but that is quite common, due to the age.  Would make a SUPERB addition to any collection or display!


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Most of my items are vintage, and as such are AS-IS, so you must therefore expect a degree of wear due to age and/or usage. I will describe each auction to the best of my knowledge and take as many photos necessary to ensure you are pleased upon receiving your item. All sales are final, so please make sure your questions are answered to your satisfaction before you purchase. 


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Although my passion is the Me109, I do offer many other German Aircraft (Fw190, Me262, etc.), as well as USAF and Japanese items. Occasionally I do offer many non-vintage items such as prints and art relating to the time period. As a private collector myself, I am constantly on the lookout for historical memorabilia, authentic photographs, artwork or anything unique relating to military aircraft.  


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