Original U.S. Vietnam War Tactical Air Crew Individual “Hot Wet” Tropical Survival Kit by Fraass Surgical Mfg. Company
Original Item: Only One Available. The Hot-Wet Environment Individual Survival Kit was first issued to Special Forces personnel departing for South East Asia in early 1964. The kit provided emergency medical supplies and a shelter (SF Kit Only) and foraging capability for up to 10 days. The kit's 42 items were divided into 2 parts: the operational and the reserve.
The Tactical Air Crew Survival Kit was very similar to the SF Kit in appearance and contents without the shelter. The kit items remain sealed in their original packaging. The cover is titled in orange '6545-782-6412 SURVIVAL KIT, INDIVIDUAL. Each side of the kit lid is printed with list of contents and instructions for use.
The Kit Includes The Following:
- ASPIRIN TABLETS: Used for headache and acute pain.
- ANTI-MALARIA TABS, CHLOROQUINE AND PRIMAQUINE PHOSPHATE TABLETS: Used for malaria prevention.
- ANTI-DIARRHEA TABS, DIPHENOXYLATE HYDROCHLORIDE & ATROPINE SULFATE TABLETS: Used for treating diarrhea.
- ANTISEPTIC SOLUTION, POVIDONE-IODINE SOLUTION: Used for fungus infections, cuts, bites and scratches.
- STICK OF INSECT REPELLENT: Used for prevention of insect bites. Applied to clothing and exposed skin as needed.
- COMPASS: Used as required for orientation purposes.
- SAW, FLEXIBLE: Used as required
- MATCHES, SAFETY, HUMIDITY RESISTANT: Used as required.
- SURVIVAL BOOKLET WITH PENCIL: “Read and follow instructions”. The booklet contains Hot-Wet Survival Information.
- BAG, FOOD SAMPLE: Used for carrying water, wrapping food, protecting valuables from moisture and water.
- BANDAGE, GAUZE, ELASTIC, COMPRESSED: Sterile bandage 2 inches by 5 yards (stretched).
- MOSQUITO HEADNET & MITTENS: Used for protection against mosquito and other insect bites.
The kit for the most part appears unused and complete with contents, but the case and items do have a worn look to them. The iodine leaked out into the sealed bag, which is very common to find in these types of kits. These rarely surface anymore and you do not want to miss the opportunity to add this wonderful kit to your Vietnam War collections. Comes ready to display!
Idiot Clause - the contents of this kit are pre-1975 manufacture and are NOT suitable for use. They are being sold as novelty collector pieces only.
Tactical Air Command in the Mid-1960s
In the mid-1960s, Tactical Air Command (TAC) experienced a period of rapid growth. As a result of the increasing importance of tactical air power, plus the impact of the Vietnam Conflict, it practically doubled in size and strength. In the late 1960s, the Composite Air Strike Force (CSAF) was replaced by the "Bare Base" concept which provided for air transportable packages of reusable shelters, munitions, fuel and other necessities. The Bare Base concept permitted a tactical air strike force to deploy into any suitable landing strip in the world and to operate independently without the usual resupply requirements.
During the period of 1950-1960, TAC fighter forces became totally supersonic with the assignment of the F-100, F-101, F-104 and F-105. It was further strengthened in the 1960-1970 period by delivery of the F-4, F-111 and A-7D. At this same time, TAC provided planes, crews and the totally necessary but generally unsung support personnel for the constantly expanding Vietnam Conflict. TAC also developed Replacement Training Units in the United States to prepare air crews for Southeast Asia combat. In addition to all these requirements, seizure of the USS Pueblo by North Korean forces on Jan. 23, 1968, required TAC to call up 18,000 Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel and equipment, and deploy a large percentage of its strength to the Far East.
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