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.
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.
F2H Banshee pilots holding H-4 flight helmets and wearing Mk2 LPUs.
Note the amazing artwork on the life vest.
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.
F-80 Shooting Star in Japan 1950 – with pilot in K-1 flight suit, B-5 LPU, B-15 jacket.
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.
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.
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.