1940-1960s USMC / USAF / USN PHOTOS

APRIL 2011 – More flightgear photos covering USAF and USN pilots with a big focus on WW2 era flightgear.

USN F9F Cougar and pilot in 1950s with a interesting setup. A Z- series anti g suit seems to be worn underneath the tan cotton flight suit. A H-4 flight helmet with liner and MS22001 oxygen mask is worn. A Mk 2 LPU and knee pad and flight boots are also shown.
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F9F Panther pilots in officer pants, G-1 flight jackets, MK 2 LPU and holding H-1 flight helmets with MS22001 oxygen masks. H-1 were the first hardshell series USN flight helmet, introduced from 1948.
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F2H Banshee pilots holding H-4 flight helmets and wearing Mk2 LPUs.

USN WW2
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Note the amazing artwork on the life vest.
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USAF 1950s with P helmet, B-15A jacket, seat parachute harness.

USMC pilot in Korean war 1953 wearing H-3 helmet with liner and goggles, Mk 2 LPU, Heavy jacket, pants and boots for a flight.
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WW2 US navy PBY Catalina crew December 1942 with baseball caps, parachute harness, B-4 LPU
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Checking a 2-3man life raft kit on a PBY Catalina 194230913244b9f5a0b1_large

USN WW2
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USAAF WW2

F-80 Shooting Star in Japan 1950 – with pilot in K-1 flight suit, B-5 LPU, B-15 jacket.
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EX USAF F-51 Mustang handed over to Costa Rica in 1955 with a CRAF pilot preparing to fly it home to Costa Rica. Note the pilot has the parachute seat harness595378c0e9609ff1_large

Here we see a good look at the early 1950s model seat parachute harness as the pilot places it into the cockpit. Note the parachute pack on bottom, back padding and seat padding cushion.

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A F-51 pilot donning a P-3 flight helmet with visor and MS2001 oxygen mask.He sits on a seat parachute harness.

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USAF pilots based in South Vietnam?… in early 1960s with HGU-2/P flight helmets for use in H-19 helicopter. Note the boom microphone addition.

US Navy – 1950s – a FJ-3 Fury waits to take off, pilot wearing a H-4 flight helmet and MS-22001 oxygen mask.
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US Navy 1960s – A-3 Skywarrior crew wearing high visual clothing and flightgear. All wear Bu air approved orange flight suits and wear MA-2 survival harness with Mk 3 LPU. They hold APH-5 flight helmets which are taped with white and orange markings.
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