SHEEPSKIN FLIGHT JACKET : FLIGHT JACKET
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Sheepskin Flight Jacket
Navy Patrol Bomber Air Gunner Clothing at the U.S. Navy Museum
The U.S. Navy Museum caption reads:
Air Gunner, Navy Patrol Bomber 1941-1945
Because of extreme cold at upper altitude, aircrews wore warm, durable clothing. Both the M-445A heavy winter jacket and the matching M-446A trousers were lined with shearling, sheepskin tanned with the wool left on. The leather NAF-1092 flight helmet is fitted with A-N 6530 goggles. A Mark 1 life jacket or Mae West is worn over the jacket. While in the aircraft, crews wore a parachute harness on top of the other equipment. Gunners had special mittens with trigger fingers. The heavy shearling-lined boots with rubber soles feature two zippers, one for normal use and one with a leather, pull tab for use in an emergency. The .50 caliber Browning machine gun features an aircraft type grip; next to it stands a 250-round ammunition box. The Polaroid, variable density, gunner's goggles can be adjusted by the knob on front.
Courtesy, Naval Historical Foundation
This uniform can be seen in "the Atlantic Theater" section of the In Harm's Way, the Navy in World War II exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Navy at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
© 2009 Ashley D. Cristal, All Rights Reserved. Use of this photograph in ANY form is NOT permitted without permission from the author.
BOB G 1972
Self Portrait. Shot in my house at 55 Blackburn Crescent in the Waterside area of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
I still have the sheepskin flight jacket and the Bulova Accutron Astronaut wrist watch.
No special photo lighting.
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