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ONSV21HB259

Original U.S. WWII USN Airship Service Jumper with Cap - As Seen in Book

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. This Airship Service Rigger Jumper is featured on pages 143-144 in the book U. S. Naval Aviation Flying Clothing and Gear, U. S. Navy Uniforms in World War II Series Volume 2 by Jeff Warner. In fact this piece was purchased by IMA from the estate of Mr. Warner along with much of his personal collection.

Included in this set are the wool jumper, matching trousers and USN Cap.

Enlisted men who flew in airships or were attached to airship ground crews wore the "Airship Service" distinguishing mark between the wrist and elbow on the right sleeve as seen here. The Airship Rigger specialty mark consisted of a blimp superimposed over a winged anchor. Note also the American Theater ribbon worn with a bronze star representing anti-submarine patrol duty.

Originally, this insignia was authorized to represent "Rigid Airship Service" and the design was patterned on the profile of zeppelins like the USS Akron and USS Macon. In 1943, the word "Rigid" was deleted from the description due to the fact that the Navy's airship service by that time consisted entirely of blimps. (J. Warner)

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to Shoulder: 10"
Shoulder to Sleeve: 25"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18"
Chest width: 18"
Waist width: 17"
Hip width: 17"
Front length: 21"

Cap Size 7 1/8
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