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US Air Force Flotation / Life Vest

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Anyone here familiar with a Flotation Vest used by the USAF probably the late 40's early 50's or so ? Looks like a a C-1 vest but it is most certainly a life vest of some sort and has the blue star and wing on the left chest and marked U.S. Air Force. It has a tag inside but it is torn and tattered and not very readable ..

 

Any ideas ?

 

 

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Sounds like the Radio carrier vest Type E1

 

They came in both Green or Blue.

 

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It looks like that indeed, but has the flotation cells like a life jacket.

 

What era is this ? I would guess late 40's early 50's ?

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It looks like that indeed, but has the flotation cells like a life jacket.

 

What era is this ? I would guess late 40's early 50's ?

The box says manufactured May 1958.


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Here are some pictures of the actual vest and the id tag is pretty worn and tattered ..

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phantomphixer,

 

I am sorry I didn't notice and reply back to this sooner ! Sorry ... The flotation cells appear to be heavier/thicker plastic bladders and are filled with something, but I only know this because there is a seam that needs to be resewn because it has come loose. But they are sewed into the vest itself and not removable. Hopefully as some point I will be able to find more about this :) And as best I can tell it is not something that has been altered. Maybe I will try and reach out to the USAF museum and see if they have any further insight ..

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