PILOT PHOTOS JUNE 2012

Pilot photos from the 1940-1960s

A F-86 Sabre pilot with backpack parachute harness, K-1 flight suit, and P-1B flight helmet with visor and MS22001 oxygen mask.

B-70 Valkyrie ejection seat with a test pilot posing wearing some unknown flight suit and a Toptex flight helmet with a MS22001 oxygen mask.

F-86 Sabre pilot holding a P-3 flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask and wears a flight suit and backpack parachute.

A USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crew pose with their aircraft in England during WW2. They wear assorted flightgear from A-4 flight suits with QAC parachute harnesses, AN-6510/ S-2 seat parachute, B-3/4 series life preservers, Type C flight helmet, B-6 flight helmet, HS-38 headset and RAF and USAAF goggles. This photo shows just how diverse crew flightgear was AND how hard it was to maintain as using RAF and US geared mixed in required extra supply chain resources for US squadrons.

USAAF aircrew in England during WW2 at a mission briefing. They wear A-2 flight jackets, A-4 flight suits, service dress uniform, B-8 backpack parachute harnesses, A-11 flight helmets with AN-6510 goggles and A-14 oxygen masks.

US Navy Blue Angels pilot in late 1940s wearing a H-1 first generation jet flight helmet with boom microphone. He wears a nylon flight suit which was quickly replaced as these in a fire MELTED into the skin causing horrific burns side effects.

A few pilots at an airbase in the 1960s with F-101 Vodoos in background. The pilots wear garrison caps and K-2B flight suits.

F-86 Sabre pilot climbing into his aircraft with a backpack parachute harness, L-2A flight jacket and L-1A flight suit. He wears a squadron cap with unit colours.

A F-86 Sabre pilot with backpack parachute harness, K-1 flight suit, and P-1B flight helmet with visor and MS22001 oxygen mask.

A pilot wearing high altitude flight gear and a backpack parachute climbs into a F-104 Starfighter.

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