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Australian flightgear collection

Collecting flightgear for preservation purposes, display and reenactment is a growing trend worldwide. This is reflected in a almost constant demand/supply operation as seen on ebay and military / flightgear dealer websites. In Australia there are a few people who … Continue reading

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MARCH 2014 pilot photos

WW2 era USAAF P-51D Mustang pilot climbing into his aircraft. Interesting to note other helmet on cockpit dash… He wears a B-3/4 LPU, tan flight suit, ANH-15 flight helmet and AN-6510 gogles. P-51 Mustang pilot wearing tan flight suit with … Continue reading

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Rathmines Catalina Festival Nov 2013 – WW2 gear display

Recently at the Rathmines Catalina Festival, at former RAAF vase Rathmines, NSW, Australia, I went along to educate and show people what the aircrew of WW2 wore in the flying boats such as Catalina, Mariner and Sunderlander. Many people were … Continue reading

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PILOT PHOTOS

Late 1950s or early 1960s F-104 pilot sitting strapped in wearing L-2B flight suit and P-4B flight helmet covering the on cockpit gun site. Korean era USAF pilots wearing tan K-1 and dark blue K-1A flight suits, with a L-2A … Continue reading

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JUNE 2013 PILOT PHOTOS

Photos of pilots June 2013 Korean War era photos showing left to right –  F-86F Sabre pilot in L-1A flight suit, B-5 LPU and backpack parachute – and 2 pilots from 90th FBS wearing B-15A flight jacket left and B-15B … Continue reading

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Pilot photos April 2013

A early version of the USAF high altitude MA-3 flight helmet and associated flight suit is seen under test in the 1950s. USAAF P-47 Thunderbolt pilots wearing RAf C type flight helmets, AN-BH-1 receivers (USAAF) , A-14 oxygen masks, RAF … Continue reading

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PILOT PHOTOS MARCH 2013

The USAFE Europe Acrobatic team the “Arcojets” showing their F-80 Shooting Star with nose art. All have special wool L-1A style flight suits and P-1A flight helmets with visor modification to P-3 standard. Note large squadron patch on right chest … Continue reading

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PILOT PHOTOS JAN 2013

One of the many USAF display teams in the late 1940s wearing P-1 flight helmet with specialised artwork and not so fire proof nylon (shiny) flight suits. These nylon flight suits MELTED into the skin in crashes causing HORRIFIC burns … Continue reading

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RAAF F-111s go to museums and a review of RAAF flightgear

October 2012 saw the Australian Federal Government finally release the eagerly awaited for preferred recipients for the remaining of the once tip of the spear RAAF strike force – the F-111 fleet. Since December 2010 when the F-111 37year old … Continue reading

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Australian Army Aviation UH-1H Huey helicopters retired to museums 2012

First flying in the mid 1950s and became a common sight in the 1960s, as operated in combat over Vietnam, the UH-1 Iroquois otherwise better known by its nickname as “Huey” has become in its lifetime an iconic helicopter. Noted … Continue reading

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