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#1 F4phantomegressman

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:18 PM

When I was in basic training-Sept. 1982, my TI came in one day dressed in a dark blue dress shirt combo(regular blues, but a dark blue long sleeve shirt)-we were all smitten with it, and he stated it was an optional i dress uniform item, that was being phased out. He called it the Midnight Blue Shirt. No USAF veteran believes they existed in the 80's. Anybody have any input on this? I would like to get one, but, have a feeling they are rare. Thanks!, Brett, retired USAF TSgT. 1982/2010.16.jpg



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:31 PM

They were worn in the 80's...I had a friend who loved them and wore his all the time during winter months...I preferred the short sleeve light blue shirt year round, but admit the dark blue shirts did look good....

 

 

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:36 PM

I love it when I'm right!-LOL-Thanks Mark-know of any available?-I could wear it for work. I'm a QAR for DCMA.



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:39 PM

Look on ebay!

 

I think the phase out date was 1988.

 

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Edited by mvmhm, 27 January 2014 - 04:50 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:08 PM

They were also called the 1549 Blue Shirt. I was "volunteered" to augment the Security Police after a knifing on base, back in 1971. We could wear our Blues or a 1549 Blue shirt, so I bought one since they were not issued. I think they were issued to the Security Police.



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:13 PM

Right -  I remember the cops wearing them a lot....when I was instructor we had a couple of guys that liked to wear them....I just couldn't stand the long sleeves.

 

 

 

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:37 PM

I had one in AFROTC in the late 70's and wore it on active duty until my wife made be outgrow it.



#8 Sabrejet

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:13 AM

I have a very nice one. In cut and quality it's pretty much identical to a regular WW2 Army officer's shirt...apart from its colour. The excellent Schiffer title "Into the blue"  which covers USAAF > USAF uniform development, features these blue shirts.



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 03:09 AM

I joined the AF OCT 82.I don't remember anybody wearing that type of shirt.The dress shirts were a lighter blue and the Class A's were the darker blue.



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 01:30 PM

Our DI's at Lackland wore them, that was 1968.  I wore one regularly when stationed in the UK in 1971-1972. It was a sharp looking uniform combo.

 

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:04 PM

Our DI's at Lackland wore them, that was 1968.  I wore one regularly when stationed in the UK in 1971-1972. It was a sharp looking uniform combo.

 

Larry

 

 

I wish they had them when I was in.



#12 LarryM3

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 02:17 PM

We always referred to them as 'Class C' uniform.  Don't know if that was correct or not but that's what they were called when I was in.

 

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 02:39 PM

While stationed in Okinawa, 1965-1968, I had a  matching shirt and trousers made.  I wore it at SAC HQ until I retired in July 1977.  Not sure what the wear-out date was for this particular uniform.  Also of note, back when the early shirts were heavy wool, it was legal to wear it with the Blue Blouse in lieu of the light blue shirt.  When so worn, the collar brass were not worn.



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Posted 02 February 2014 - 05:47 AM

Here's an example of such a shirt. Very high quality...similar to a WW2 officers' shirt.

 

 

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 05:48 AM

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 05:49 AM

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 04:45 PM

I realize this topic is nearly a year old but the blue 84 flannel I thought was getting morphed and I got one of these. No label but the material is certainly not flannel and the rank all mark it as a 1988 shirt. I also have the hat from the guy. Picked it off eBay mainly because it was a pretty large size and cheap. Still cool, mind you and will work when I do a "USAF UFO Investigator" impression at the next UFO con. So a win/win!



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 04:04 PM

I always liked those shirts. I did Basic in 1983 and some of the guys at my first duty station had them, but they were on the way out and they weren't available for purchase at Clothing Sales.



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Posted 06 February 2015 - 12:39 PM

A friend of mine who was a radar operator in Germany in the 1960s said these shirts were popular optional winter uniforms that could be worn with the blue sweater, but not the Class A jacket. I've had a few over the years, officers and enlisted, some wool, some a poly blend. 



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Posted 06 February 2015 - 01:55 PM

When I was in basic training-Sept. 1982, my TI came in one day dressed in a dark blue dress shirt combo(regular blues, but a dark blue long sleeve shirt)-we were all smitten with it, and he stated it was an optional i dress uniform item, that was being phased out. He called it the Midnight Blue Shirt. No USAF veteran believes they existed in the 80's. Anybody have any input on this? I would like to get one, but, have a feeling they are rare. Thanks!, Brett, retired USAF TSgT. 1982/2010.attachicon.gif16.jpg

Go to this topic F4, I think you'll love it, start at Page 1 till the end, in between you'll see period photos posted of this item being worn.

 

http://www.usmilitar...uniform-photos/



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Posted 10 November 2015 - 05:18 AM

I realize this topic is now over a year old, but better late than never. I went through USAF Basic in Sept. - Oct 1981, and I wore the dark blue shirt while serving Europe. I absolutely loved this shirt, as it looked smart and had style!  I also had the long dark blue wool double breasted overcoat, which in the early 1980's was likewise optional.  I got out in 1987, and I believe both uniform items had a phase out date of 1988 or 89. 



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Posted 10 November 2015 - 10:02 AM

Hi:  I served in the USAF 1972-76 and I recall this shirt....I like this posting.    Very smart looking with style.  I never owned one but I always wanted to wear one.



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Posted 10 November 2015 - 10:14 AM

I bought mine from clothing sales in 1962 and wore it thru 1964.




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