An original Royal Air Force Mk2 and 2a Flying Suit dating from the 1950s.
Officially designated 'Suits Flying MK2 and 2a' the suit is made from a blue-grey coloured linen cotton and features a blue painted metal 'Aero' branded zipper to the front whilst the other zippers were made by 'Swift'. Metal waist adjusters are also a feature and are marked 'To Release Lift' and there is a waist belt which features the large metal buckle used on a lot of RAF clothing during this period including the MK1 Aircrew Jacket and the Cold Weather Parka. There is also a yellow knife pocket fitted to the side of the right leg which is a nice period detail.
The suit has two labels to the interior. The uppermost is the issue label and bears the RAF Stores number of 22c/1910 and the size of 7. Below this is the War Department broad arrow marking.
When laid flat the suit measures -
Chest - 20 1/2"
Inside arm - 24"
Outside arm - 26 1/2"
Waist - 18 1/2"
Inside leg - 32"
The suit is in very good condition and still has a bright, fresh appearance. There are a couple of missing buttons but overall it displays very well and is totally wearable. Please take time to study the pictures provided before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
Altogether a very nice example of an early jet-age flying suit which is in nice condition. This would make an excellent addition to any RAF collection!
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