PNEUMATIC LIFE PRESERVERS
Posted 17 March 2007 - 01:15 PM
Posted 17 March 2007 - 02:30 PM
Edited by dustin, 17 March 2007 - 02:33 PM.
Posted 17 March 2007 - 04:08 PM
Haven't been on line here for a few days. Reference the photo of the two pilots, I find it interesting that the one wearing the B-3 is also wearing a parachute with a straight-across chest piece and webbing with a black tracer - more associated with the AAF than the USN. (Both did use them, I believe.) The fellow wearing the Mk-1 is wearing the Irvin-style harness with the "V" chest straps and plain webbing - more associated with the Navy.
On the other hand, you say they are Marine fliers and I have read that the Marines did make more use of Army equipment than the Navy did.
Posted 17 March 2007 - 04:10 PM
It occurred to me to go back and look at the photo more closely on the chance that the fellow on the left was AAF getting a photo with a Marine buddy. Not with that flight helmet, however!
Posted 17 March 2007 - 06:41 PM
Posted 18 March 2007 - 05:32 AM
Tom,the man with X or V chest strap is wearing the Class S type seat parachute USN as you can tell by the rip cord under left arm-pit.The other man is wearing is most likely wearing the AN-6510 seat type parchute Army-Navy standard again note the rip cord under left arm-pit.Attched is a photo of the USN type seat
Yes, that style harness was developed by Leslie Irvin in the 1920's. I believe. One of my treasures is a commercial Irvin S-1 seatpack. It is probably later (1930's-1940's) but looks like it was made yesterday. It once belonged to the fellow at Goodyear who developed the Inflata-Plane in the early 1950's. Poynter shows a photo of Irvin wearing an S-1 in 1925.
Posted 18 March 2007 - 05:36 AM
Posted 18 March 2007 - 05:43 AM
Posted 18 March 2007 - 05:48 AM
Posted 18 March 2007 - 07:52 AM
Tom, it looks like the guy on the left has a shinner on left eye. He also wears the MK-1 googles.
Getting back to the photo of the two Marines, one wearing a B-3. While in the "library" this morning I was going through Jeff Warner's book and found this photo. He advises it is Guadalcanal area, August 1942.
jerry, thanks for clearing that up!
Posted 18 March 2007 - 04:15 PM
"the adapter is to cemented to the life jacket,under the port flap so as not to interfere with CO2 bottle"
does anybody havee a modification on any of thier vests that seem to fit this vague discription?
Posted 18 March 2007 - 07:55 PM
hobbies are for the spare time,I guess my hobby is 50-50
Four pages on life vests.
We have too darned much time on our hands!
There has been alot of views but not much response.I hope someone got something out of it!
Posted 20 March 2007 - 03:14 PM
Posted 26 March 2007 - 01:50 PM
These are produce by What Price Glory and are clearly marked with thier marking WPG.Thier B-3 is a close resemblence to the real thing but probably would not fool most.
The other vest they make is the USN MK-1 vest.This vest is a very good copy judgeing by the photographs and probably could fool some but it is marked W.P.G. as manufacturer which as we all like by reproducers is to have a marking of such to determine real over fake but with the right ageing and rubbing of the ink markings this vest might get you! this is the second generation MK-1 fake by WPG the other one they had was a light grey material and not put together very well.
Posted 31 March 2007 - 05:01 PM
I thought I would post some life preserver FAKES.These are the only ones I know of.
These are produce by What Price Glory and are clearly marked with their marking WPG.their B-3 is a close resemblance to the real thing but probably would not fool most.
The other vest they make is the USN MK-1 vest.This vest is a very good copy judging by the photographs and probably could fool some but it is marked W.P.G. as manufacturer which as we all like by reproducers is to have a marking of such to determine real over fake but with the right ageing and rubbing of the ink markings this vest might get you! this is the second generation MK-1 fake by WPG the other one they had was a light grey material and not put together very well.
I just noticed another way to spot one of Jerry's repro Mk1 vests. On a real Mk1, one CO2 cylinder inflates the center of the vest and the other the outer flaps. Their positions on the vest are asymmetrical. On Jerry's repop, both cartridges are mounted symmetrically and, if they were real, would only inflate the center. Extra insurance that would prevent someone from using his vest as the basis of a counterfeit. Bravo Jerry!
Posted 05 May 2007 - 11:50 AM
Posted 06 May 2007 - 05:49 AM
May 1942, the USMC airman and minty USN Mk I vest.
BTW --> what is correct terminology: Mk 1 or Mk I?
Posted 07 May 2007 - 04:47 AM
Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:54 PM
more than likely that was BMG's wasy of listing the light.
Packaging was left more to the contractors unless otherwise specified in the specifications given to them
Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:36 AM
Posted 21 January 2009 - 05:53 AM
such as ...Shark Repellant....Light Assy...Dye Marker Pkg. Thank you.
Posted 21 January 2009 - 07:45 AM
Remember, my log of being wrong is 2" thick and I am on Volume #4.
Posted 23 January 2009 - 04:24 PM
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