First Navy Flight Gear Issue, 1917Waring Hills Apr 06, 2011
The United States Navy standardized the issuance of flight gear when the Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, approved a recommendation of the Board on Flying Equipment on standard flight clothing for the Navy Flying Service on 06 April 1917. Flight gear in 1917 authorized was a tan, sheepskin long coat, short coat and trousers, moleskin hood, goggles, black leather gloves, soft leather boots, waders, brogans, and life belts.
Naval flight gear has evolved over the years and wars of the past century and below are examples of World War II and present day naval aviator’s survival gear as it is called today. More on the dynamics of flight/survival gear in future posts!