An original 1960 dated Royal Air Force Mk2 and 2a Flying Suit dating in nice good condition and complete with original insignia.
Officially designated 'Suits Flying MK2 and 2a' the suit is made from a blue-grey coloured linen cotton and features blue painted metal 'Aero' branded zippers throughout. Metal waist adjusters are also a feature and are marked 'To Release Lift' and pockets can be found to the lower legs. Inside the suit there is an integral brace system, two drying loops and a hanging loop to the neck.
The suit is fitted with a fantastic padded Queen's crown pilots wing which is clearly a period addition and has always been on the suit. Flight Lieutenant rank stripes have been fitted to each epaulette and are again clearly original to the suit.
The suit has two labels to the interior. The uppermost is the issue label and bears the 1960 manufacture date to the top left corner. Below this is the size of RAF Stores number of 22c/1909 and the size of 6 - One of the large sizes produced. Below this is the War Department broad arrow marking.
The overall condition of the suit is very good and it displays well. There are some signs of age and wear which are to be expected with a vintage item which has been issued. Please take time to study the pictures provided.
Altogether a very nice example of an early jet-age flying suit which would be hard to better in many ways. This would make an excellent addition to any RAF collection!
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