Click images to enlargeDescription ?In the 30+ years I was collecting AAF uniforms and equipment, this was the RAREST piece of AAF flight clothing I ever purchased. It's labeled in the neck "1 Piece Intermediate Flying Suit" (see label) and I've seen only one other such suit, which recently sold on . I searched Glen Sweeting's encyclopedic Combat Flying Clothing in vain to find something about this suit, but apparently it eluded his discovery or was ignored because it was "experimental" and never standardized, as was the other flying clothing he described in the book. In order to find out its history, one would no doubt have to do deep research at NARA, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum or Maxwell AFB. I purchased this suit circa 2012-14 from a NorCal picker/dealer friend, just as my collecting days were coming to an end. It appears to have been tested during WWII, as the other suit had a WWII B-24 outfit inked on the label. DON'T SNOOZE AND LOSE AND LET THIS ONE GET AWAY!The label in the neck indicates a size LARGE and large it is, being my size at about 42-44" in the chest and fitting a 6'+ tall man in overall length. It's as if the AAF mated a B-15 jacket to a pair of A-11A flight pants, but with many critical differences, as follows: (1) Rather than the internally-hung "slash" pockets of the B-15 jackets, it instead has two Talon-zippered and angled "patch" pockets on the chest; (2) The jacket is sewn directly to the pants, without any knit waist band and accordingly has a snapped waist band in addition to the usual Talon brand zipper closure; (3) The pants section of the suit is modeled after the Type A-11A pants, which rather than having the internally-hung flapped pockets of the A-11A, instead have two Talon-zippered patch pockets (one side-entry pocket on the left) above the knees and two Talon-zippered patch pockets on the shins; and (4) The suspenders of the pants are permanently attached through loops in the inside of the jacket at the shoulder seams. The rear pockets of the pants have the same flapped internally-hung pockets on the seat, as does the A-11A. Like the A-11A pants, this pant has Talon-zippered entries on the right hip and left thigh to reach pockets of internal garments. As with the B-15 and A-11A pants, both are lined with an alpaca pile fur. The suit is in VERY GOOD+ used condition, with no damage to the jacket, except for one hole in the right knit cuff and fading to the AAF "winged star" on the left shoulder. Due to use, the original sage green color has faded somewhat. The pants have a 3" x 4" "L" shaped tear on the inside of the right leg which has been repaired, a 3/4" hole on the left knee and two small repairs on the left leg (see images below). The knit cuffs on the pants have several holes (not shown). If the potential buyer would like to see additional images of particular aspects of the suit, a reasonable number will be photographed upon request.Here's an opportunity for the advanced AAF collector to obtain a VERY RARE EXPERIMENTAL flight suit, of which this is only the second known example which has surfaced. The buyer will have my usual unconditional guarantee of authenticity and satisfaction and a five-day (not the 14-days that they insert in my listings without my consent) right of inspection and return/refund privilege, excluding postage.PLEASE SCROLL DOWNWARD TO SEE THE REMAINING 15 IMAGES!
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