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  1. To add further evidence, I have an original, untouched, 1st pattern exposed button poplin jungle uniform jacket, circa 1965, that is fully decorated in full color USAF sewn-on insignia. It is exactly like the jacket pictured in the above photos, esp. that of the USAF O-1 pilot jacket. Like these photos, my jacket mirrors the Army insignia locations exactly, with horizontal name and service tapes, skill badges (USAF basic pilot wings, and parachutist badge), and Major's rank on each collar lapel. If you like, I can pull it out , and photo it, for reference. Best, SH
  2. Hi Croc, This is Alex Villalva, the USN flight gear collector, once in contact with you a few years ago. I've been away for a while, but getting back onto this forum. I know many Seawolves vets here in the US, and have supported their HAL-3 reunions (taking my HAL-3 flight gear to display there), for a few years. If you like, I can inquire of them, and research in what exact DET this LT Cramer served in. Will be in touch, and Best Regards, AV
  3. Franck, I can add some good technical info to this Navy G-suit topic. From my historical info, I can state that both the Z-2 and Z-3 suits were NOT used at the end of WW2, but rather, they first appeared in Fleet use in the late 1950 timeframe, just at the start of the Korean War. My info reference is 'MIL-S-5085', which covered both the Z-2, and Z-3 suits. This base -5085 Spec is the first of it's series, and is dated June 1950, well after WW2. The Z series g-suits were developed for use by Navy and Marine aviators, and they saw wide use from Korea through Vietnam, into the
  4. Good info, and thanks. Very interesting info about the integration type, and the dates for both items. The early 1958 date for the MK3C is very interesting, and tells us that by this time period, the Navy improved the early MK-3 models to do away with the harness, and upgrade the preserver with the addition of the attachment belt, thus making it a MK-3C! Keep the info coming, as we try to answer these mystery gear questions! Cheers, AV
  5. Hello Franck, Glad to help in any way. Thanks for looking at your preserver. In your photos it seems that the PSK pocket is directly over the inspection card pocket, so it is blocking the view of the preserver markings, if they are present! If you are brave, and are ever able to view the area below this PSK pocket (by partly removing it, if you desire), it would be most interesting to see if the inspection card pocket shows any markings. The big question here is what exact type of Mark 3 is your preserver??? My research is indicating that your preserver type is the first
  6. Hi Franck, Most MK 3 life vests are marked with their item information on the inspection card pocket, which is located on the outside surface of the right waist section. Look at my photo of the Crusader pilot photo in this Forum topic, and you will see this square-shaped card pocket just to the left of the preserver front, almost covered by the pilot's right arm. If your vest is properly marked, it should have the following info: Item title: (Life Preserver MK-3C) Contract Number: (N383-90345) Manufactuer: (Switlik Parachute Company, Inc.) Date of Manufacture: (Date MFD. JAN.196
  7. Hello Franck, Good to hear from you, and thanks for your kind words. As collectors, we should try to share much info with others, especially if the info adds more historical accuracy to the topic at hand. I have a good deal of technical and historical info on flight gear, but it would do no good if I did not share it with others, such as here on the Forum, or by other ways. You have a good eye, and you noticed the USAF flight suits being worn by these Navy 'Sader pilots! This K-2B suit shown is a very early version, likely the first version of the MIL-S-6265 Mil Spec. This ver
  8. Following the Korean War, the mid-1950s marked a critical turning point for the evolution of modern military flight equipment, as the US Navy developed and introduced several groundbreaking equipment items that revolutionized the entire military aviation world, and introduced a new generation of modern and brilliant equipment designs that are still in use today. The most influential and important equipment item introduced by the Navy following Korea was the ‘Integrated Torso Harness Suit’, as it was originally labeled. This harness system was developed and authorized for manufacture in la
  9. Hi Frank, I am new to the US Militaria Forum, but I am a longtime historian, researcher, analyst, and collector of 20th Century US military equipment and apparel (both ground and aviation gear), but I specialize in the study and research of USN flight gear from Korea-Vietnam. I am most lucky, as my detailed study of US military equipment history is my pastime, and it is also my professional job. I am a forensic scientist and equipment analyst working for the US Dept of Defense, at a DoD laboratory that specializes in the scientific and forensic analysis of US military equipment artifa
  10. Hello Croc, Hello Croc, It is good to find you again, and I see that you are still researching Navy flight gear used during the Vietnam War, which I continue to do so as well. We were in regular contact last during 2008, until I moved to a different job in Texas (going back to my old lab, where we conduct forensic analysis of flight gear artifacts that are recovered from loss sites in South East Asia, involving US MIA personnel from the Vietnam War. My new email is 'alejandro.villalva@brooks.af.mil, if you want to contact me, and discuss flight gear. I will offer some good inf
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