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This just arrived. It's a nice WW2 aircraft seat belt. The stamp is hard to make out, it looks like a 1944 date. I also see a US on either side of an anchor. Does anyone know more about that stamp?

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That's a U.S. Navy acceptance stamp. It will be found on many WW2 vintage Navy contracted items, such as life vests, parachute packs, the boxes that flying goggles were shipped in, some dye marker packs, etc.

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I'd love to find a pair of those. They are the same ones used on the CG-4A gliders for both the pilots and the passengers.

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I picked up another aircraft lap belt. This one is dated November 1944. Of note are the two shades of green. The lighter shade is the one that fades to tan.

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Nice. I need a whole C-47's worth of these belts.

I think the C-47 passenger belts are like what's posted but are a 2" belt that has snaps that connect to mounts. I have had a few of these over the years, but not now.

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I heard a story once from an old gear head that said the surplused aviation seat belts got ate up by the hot rod and dragster set. Anyone know if there's anything to that story?

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I heard a story once from an old gear head that said the surplused aviation seat belts got ate up by the hot rod and dragster set. Anyone know if there's anything to that story?

Not only the lap belts, but the aircraft seats too. These days they now make seats that look like the old aircraft seats. Go to Ebay and look for Rat Rod, Bomber seat or Hot Rod seats and you will see the 1950's-60's lap belts and once in a blue real aircraft seats.

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I picked up another aircraft seat lap belt. I was unable to find a makers ink stamp, but it has inspection stamps from the mid 50's. The construction indicates WW2 manufacture. It is cotton with the box X stitching.

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This is a side by side with the other half. The lighter green belt has the 1944 dated ink stamp. That 1944 dated belt I have is mismatched in color.  As best as I can tell is the darker green one may indicate late war or very early post war. In another post I showed a nylon belt that had that same dark green color with the box X stitching. That was early post war issue. The pull cinch on the belt is an early mid war in origin, but I have no idea how long they used it.

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This photo is from epray. It is cotton with the box X stitching. The cinch pull is the type used in late WW2. I have seen this type cinch more commonly at the WW2 crash sites I have been to. The other D pull cinch shows up on the older crash sites.

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I added a set of 1943 dated USN aircraft lap belts. These are the old style before they standardized everything later in 1943. In the photo you see how they connect to the seat.

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