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Helicopter Crew Safety Vest

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Picked up this vest at Goodwill the other day, but not sure of if was ever military issue. NSN #1680-0-982-9973. Any thoughts??

 

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Def mil issue. One of the few styles of Monkey harness used in helicopters. Should be a D ring in the rear for where the "monkey tail" attached to. Other end of that adjustable tail would attach to the aircraft. Army replaced them a while ago, this one is clearly from 1979. I believe Aerial Machine and Tool still makes this vest and have seen them with a Bell part number on them. Some units used to use this vest and attach the pockets from a SRU-21P survival vest on them to make a integrated safety and survival vest harness.


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