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L015568 ELECTRICALLY HEATED, WINTER FLIGHT PANTS. (Flieger-Hose mit Elektrischer Beheizung)

BACKGROUND: Development of protective flight uniforms and equipment began with the advent of military aircraft in WWI and continued on into the Weimar Reichswehr, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), era and the Third Reich resulting in three, distinct, one-piece, combination pattern flight suits being approved before WWII and worn for the duration of the war with minor modifications. The three, basic, one piece, flight suits consisted of a light weight summer suit and two heavier winter flight suits with one intended for flights over land while the other was designed for flights over water. All three of the flight suits were cut large enough to fit over the standard uniform. On June 25TH 1936 the Germans developed an electrically heated flight suit that consisted of a one piece, jacket/pant combination with separate gloves and socks. The electrically heated flight suits contained built-in, insulated heating elements that drew their power directly from the aircraft by means of a quick release electrical coupling connection. The early electrically heated flight suits were intended for cold weather flights and were to be worn over the standard uniform and beneath the protective flight suit. Regulations of July 4TH 1940 and April 24TH 1941 introduced two piece protective flight suits for fighter pilots which were designed to increase the wearerís mobility and not be as restrictive in the close confines of a cockpit although the earlier one piece suits continued to be worn right up until the end of the war. The two piece flight suits consist of separate jacket and pants and was commonly referred to as the "Kanalanzug", (Channel Uniform). Originally the two piece protective flight suits didnít utilize the electrical heating elements although some later models did incorporate the electrically heated feature.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Blue/grey, cotton/rayon blend construction, electrically heated, flight pants. The buttons (one on the waist buttons is missing), zippers and electrical connections looks to be complete and in good condition. Nice issue and size markings. There is also a stamp with crossed swords that indicates use post WW2 in the Spanish Air force (original WW2 German production). Shows the expected age and use, but overall nice condition. Roughly a 36" waist.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $1,520.00

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