U.S. WWII Army Air Force Summer Type A-4 Flight Suit with Leather Squadron Patch
Original Item: Only One Available. This rare US Army Air Corps flight suit is in very good condition, all snaps and other zippers function perfectly with the exception of two broken zippers- main and left leg pouch. It features leather Lieutenant’s bars on the shoulders and is named to W. W. MORGAN on the leather patch above left breast squadron patch. Belt still present, cuff and leg zippers function perfectly.
Original tag in neck still present and reads:
OWG. NO. 30-732
A. C. ORDER NO.
W535 AC- 20695
WWII US Army Air Force Summer Type A-4 Flight Suit - When the United States entered World War Two much of the military was unprepared for combat. The uniforms and equipment employed was very antiquated, most of it dated back to World War one. Advancements in the field of aviation require that the US Army Air Force develop a new line of uniforms known as flight suits. The one featured here is designed for summer wear. It was manufactured of a cotton and wool material and they were khaki in color.
The design of the flight suit consisted of a khaki colored jump suit. With a zipper that secures the front shut. Additional zippers are placed at the bottom of the legs. This feature makes it easier to put on and take off the flying boots. A belt is permanently attached to the waist area. A metal buckle is provided.
These were designed and put into production pre-WWII so they are well used by the Army Air Corps and the Army Air Forces. These were used by all pilots and flight crews during the war and were see in all theaters of the war. As described in the book "Gear Up," the A-4 Type suit was made of olive drab gabardine with a zipper front and belted waist. It usually had a diagonal chest pocket and an open pocket on the right shin. This suit was standardized March 18, 1930 and was used in various forms throughout WWII.
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