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Collection from Italy: #3 F-86E Pilot, Korea 1952-53


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A glimpse in the USAF of early 50s.

 

This Sabre pilot is from the 4th Fighter Wing, Korea 1953. At least 5 years to put together this display, from the first item ( K-1 summer flight suit) to last item (G-3A anti-G pants).

B-15 back parachute and C-2A Raft Pack found out with great difficult in years of non-Internet.

 

More decent pics will follow. Thanks for watching!

 

 

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Superb!

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Berger Bros. is the maker of this G-3A, almost brand-new G-pants.

Standardized in March 1945, they actually never reached the operational Squadrons in WW2. Flight suit is a K-1 from WW2 leftovers.

 

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Details of B-3A summer gloves and C-2A Raft Pack, hanging from the B-15 back 'chute.

 

Some pilots wore the M-3 shoulder holster for the .45 Colt Auto as a "hip" holster, as I did here.

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Detail of 334th Fighter Squadron patch, and upper part of B-15 (fully manual-operating only) back 'chute.

 

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Frontal view. That damned E-1 Radio Carrier Vest in this fantastic color took me 3 years here in Italy to find out.

Once found, owner wanted exclusively hid HGU-26/p full tiger-striped by me with airbrush, in colors of the Utalian 21st Gruppo (F-104S). This was a 22-hours work made only by night (!!).

 

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Nice to see such a fantastic 50s USAF pilot. Congrats.

 

Are you sure of the parachute model? I don't think that it's a B-15. The 5024C-15 or BA-15 was not used in Korea. He had a Class IV harness with only one Capewell realease on the left shoulder and the canopy bag was different. Your might be an earliest 5024C-8 or -9 which see action in Korea.

 

The patch as this one sewn on this K-1 suit seems to be a bit "modern". I believe that a flightsuit without any patch would be better for display a pilot in complete flightgears in Korea.

 

My little remarks don't in any way detract from your display.

 

Franck

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Some more pics subsequently - again, issues in re-sizing them.

 

B-5 Life Vest is made by Willis & Geiger - knife is a Great Western. The MC-3 (first sub-pattern) connector from MS-220001 mask is attached to the H-2 Emergency Bottle - precursor of the later MD-1 Bottle, is virtually almost the same I believe? Maybe, MD-1 has a longer hose.

 

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Thanks Franck !! Glad to have finally a clearer idea about parachute. Many years spent in research and must admit, I was never certain it is actually a B-15 - I so read on some Japanese magazines, but at the time I was doing these things without having Internet - who knows how many precious details went unnoticed, I only had exchanges here in italy with a few enthusiasts and some writings to the U.S.

 

As for the K-1, found out in this state and never touched more. Actually, some doubts about the patch I already had since the moment of getting it... but, didn't have any ways of ascertaining this. Almost totally Zero in patches topic :blush: :blush: .

 

Thanks for appreciation!! (continued).

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Details - B-5 made by Willis & Geiger in September 1951.

 

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Bravo! Incredible attention to detail!

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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As a very QUICK O.T. I post one of the collector's modern helmets, by airbrushing wich I sometimes was able to obtain some difficult items instead of paying with money.

 

This one airbrushed in about 2001 was exchanged with the G-3A anti-G pants. A similar one was for the E-1 Radio Carrier Vest. Long working hours almost always by night (!!).

 

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Another close up. Neck scarf is actually a piece from a parachute canopy:

 

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Outstanding! ;)

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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A TL-122D Flashlight is in the lower right pocket of the G-3A anti-G pants.

 

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