MARCH 2011 – A special on US Navy WW2 era flightgear as used in operations in the Atlantic and Pacific campaign area.
The US Navy used very similar flightgear to the USAAC/USAAF in WW2.
In the last few years of WW2, the USAAF and US Navy began to combine manufacturing and purchasing resources and manged to reduce waste/cross development of flightgear where possible.
Such resources saw flight hemets, parachutes and oxygen masks become standardised in some cases but with different communications set ups for each service.
Examples include A/N designated items for parachutes and flight helmets – Army/Navy – xxxx
The photos show a wide selection of cloth flight helmets, oxygen masks, flight suits, flight jackets, parachutes, goggles and uniforms.
Still later, as part of the Douglas A4D Skyhawk development in the early 1950s, an integrated torso harness was developed in conjunction with a new light-weight Douglas ejection seat. It integrated the life jacket, parachute harness, and body restraint into a single garment, deleting the shoulder harness and a portion of the seat belts. This concept became the standard.