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Picked these two items up today and wondered if you would keep the perma press shirt as is or strip it due to the holes in the back?

Your opinions appreciated!

HH

A little info about the patch and missile:

390th Strategic Missile Wing
Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ
1962-1984

The 390th Missile Inspection Maintenance Squadron (MIMS) was activated on January 1, 1962.

The 390th Missile Inspection Maintenance Squadron (MIMS) emblem reflects the disc shape reserved for squadrons and flights. The orange background reflecting the sunset of the Arizona desert . The lighting bolt and the olive branch are elements abstracted from the Strategic Air Command emblem, depicting quick response and the principle of peace. The Titan II is of course, the weapon system. The Roadrunner, native to Arizona. The 390th MIMS motto, "PEREGRINAMUR PRO PACE" We travel for peace.

The Titan II was developed for the United States' budding ICBM program. The missile served on the front lines of the Cold War. It was a two stage, liquid-fueled Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) At 110 feet in length and 10 feet in diameter, it was the largest ICBM in U.S. Air Force inventory.

The TITAN was tipped with the largest warhead ever fielded by the United States, the 9-megaton Mark 6, with an explosive equivalence 600 times of that released at Hiroshima.

 

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I personally would leave it as is. Every time i can remember taking off patches i regretted it. Just dont display the back lol

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Kinda weird for me to see these as "collectible". I have a trunk full of these both cotton, and permanant press from the cold war era from my own service. Some with the late great SAC (Strategic Air Command), 2nd Bomb Wing, and some from the late great 50th TFW & USAFE from when I was in Germany. The 50th is no longer a fighter wing, but I think had been turned into some sort of space wing in the west (Colorado I think). Some with what was at that time "Buck Sgt" (Now Sr. Amn) and some with Staff Sgt. I also have one in the trunk I think that is really weird, especially if ya don't know the story. It is kinda a weird purple color. When I was at Barksdale AFB, LA working B-52G, I was drenched head to tow in hydrolic fluid when working a landing gear issue and a hydro valve exploded right over my head and drenched me. I kept that uniform even though I wasn't allowed to wear it again because of the color it was after that.. lol


U.S.A.F. 1979-1986

Aircraft Electrical Systems Specialist

B-52D,G/KC135/F-16A,B

Served at Barksdale AFB 1979-1982

Hahn AB Germany 1982-1986

Highest Rank: SSgt

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Kind of does that to me too, even though I wasn't really fond of this uniform because it didn't wear well.

 

By the time I converted to this uniform, all my insignia was subdued. Then my now 38 year-old daughter took my last shirt as a teen to wear as some sort of jacket when she wore jeans.

 

Anyway, I'd leave the shirt alone for two reasons. First, you don't know if the holes have a story for this sergeant and there's a shredded pair of fatigue pants worn at the same time that occurred because of some mishap. Second, as I remember as long as the holes weren't visible, the shirt was still serviceable.

 

Besides, maintenance crews tended to continue wearing their fatigues until they were completely unserviceable because these uniforms would really get beaten up on the flight line or working in a silo.

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Yep, some of mine have the full color patches and blue USAF and name tapes, but most have the subdued patches and tapes. The "purple" one has the full color patches and blue tapes. I kept that one so my kids can tell the story of why it is the color it is to their kids and so on after I'm gone. My kids, all grown now have over the years taken a shirt or two, field jackets and stuff from the trunk to use as fashion statements as well, lol.


U.S.A.F. 1979-1986

Aircraft Electrical Systems Specialist

B-52D,G/KC135/F-16A,B

Served at Barksdale AFB 1979-1982

Hahn AB Germany 1982-1986

Highest Rank: SSgt

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Kinda weird for me to see these as "collectible".

 

Even now I'm not finding a lot of perma press patched shirts around so they're getting collectible to me. OD also means Old Dog to me now :lol:

 

Thanks for the comments guys! I'm going to leave it as is.

 

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Yes, the OD does kind of date us. A rude awakening for me was this past spring, I met up with a handful of my old Air Force buddies at a former base (Barksdale) we served at. The uniforms on base were obviously several generations newer, our old shop, even the positions/ranks we answered to looked like "kids", but the real thing was Barksdale also has an Air Museum. There, we see several of the B52 and KC135 tail numbers that we actually worked on on display at the museum. We sat under our old birds pondering times pasts on them, and actually felt like we were part of the display, lol. All the planes I worked on from B-52 to early F16 are all either at Davis Mothan bone yard being cut up and made into coke cans, or on static display in air museums somewhere. And our uniforms and devices now showing up in collections Kinda puts ya in check.. lol


U.S.A.F. 1979-1986

Aircraft Electrical Systems Specialist

B-52D,G/KC135/F-16A,B

Served at Barksdale AFB 1979-1982

Hahn AB Germany 1982-1986

Highest Rank: SSgt

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When I had served with the Alaskan Air Command 78-80, the 21st Composite Wing/Tactical Fighter Wing, had F-4s and T-33s.

 

Want to feel like a real dinosaur? Try talking to a new aircraft maintenance type about the T-33 and wooden floor boards. They look at you cross-eyed.

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Air Force guys, Thanks for chiming in! My first assigned vehicle was an (Army) M818. It was OD green with a black star on the door. Then one day my Platoon Sergeant came up to me and said we're camo'ing the vehicles. He handed me papers or a book? with small pictures of patterns with numbers for the colors and said start on one of the jeeps. What??? I'm not a painter...How do I...? He said here's a brush and there's the paint, try to make it look like the patterns :lol: Came out pretty good, don't remember who did my truck though.

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