JAN 2011 – RAAF in Vietnam is a rather under researched and unknown area to most enthusiasts worldwide. Even more harder to research is the flightgear used by the Canberra crews who flew from Phang Rang in CAC Canberra Mk. 20 bombers.
I have managed to acquire some photos with close up views enabling people to see how the RAAF flightgear differed to the USAF flightgear.
This crew of pilot and navigator/bombardier wear a USAF issued early type HGU-2A/P flight helmet and a RAF issued P oxygen mask. They wear the unique RAF cotton green flight suit. The LPU they wear is a green version of the typical standard RFD vest of the 1960s. The vest has a horse collar ring around the users neck to keep the head above the water level when deployed.
Here we see the unique RAAF flight suit in more detail and clearer. Note the HGU-2A/P flight helmet on desk.
Here a pilot and his navigator/bombardier are readying the Canberra for a mission with the ground crew. The crew wear the flight suit, RFD vest and special flight gloves.
A June1970 photo with the landmark 60,000th bomb a M-117 type to be dropped by a Canberra. Another close view of the flight suit in use.
Three views of aircrew wearing different flight gear setups. The red/orange colour taped on the ramshorn visor HGU-2A/P was used to enable survival rescue by able to be found in dense jungle easier.
Note the angle of the single slot bayonets in the receiver housings due to ease of hooking up the oxygen mask to helmet. This was able to be done by adjusting the receiver housing top screws and moving the angle of the casting inside.
All wear SRU-21/P survival vests.