Speaking of Cloth Jackets...

Discussion in 'Cloth' started by dmar836, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    Was digging for some ideas to repop and thought I should post this one. The F-2 isn't easy to find. I think I have the wired trousers as well.
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    There's that black drone again!
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    Dave
     
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    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    Skyhawk Well-Known Member

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    Really cool jacket! I love it.
     
  4. falcon_ib

    falcon_ib Active Member

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    Love it! A very rare one indeed. Post a picture of the trousers if you're able to find them.

    Info on the F-2 heated suit for those curious: http://www.303rdbg.com/uniforms-gear3.html
    The officer's version was made from wool gabardine and had a standard collar, and the enlisted version from wool serge with a shearling collar (though I doubt anyone cared about who wore which weave in the combat zone).
    "Without current, the suit was comfortable down to 32°F (0°C). With current, it was comfortable down to -30°F (-34°C)." Toasty!

    Evan
     
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    Cool Dave, real kool
     
  6. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    I'll look for the trousers tomorrow am. There were three main iterations of electrically heated AAF flight suits. The E-1/F-1 "Blue Bunny", the F-2, and finally the F-3. The one-piece Blue Bunny is easy to spot but in action the wire elements tended to break cutting off heat to areas. It paired with the B-3 jacket when crews were complaining about mobility(mostly from the fleece). The two-piece F-2 was introduced and was the only electrically heated suit that was worn as outer wear. They had a removable lining. The plain collar jacket looks like an ETO jacket in pics. The two-piece nylon F-3 is what is most often thought of as a WWII heated suit and is easiest to find. It was again worn under the later issued B-10/B-15.
    Dave
     
  7. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    Here are the matching F-2 trousers. Fairly standard looking wool trousers but with lining, button flaps for the electric inserts, opening for electrical connection, and ankle straps. Not so standard I guess. They are as heavy and bulky as any shearling trousers.
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    Dave
     
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    The only thing im missing from my flight gear !
     
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