This is an example of a standard issue flight suit for the United States Navy and Marine Corps during World War II and the immediate post war period. This suit was worn by Lt. Col. Marion Carl. Hel graduated as a member of the first test pilot class at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in 1945. He conducted pioneering jet operations from aircraft carriers; commanded VMF-122, the first Marine Corps squadron equipped with jets; and was an early Marine helicopter test pilot. He wore this flight suit during his career as a test pilot, including his world speed record flight with the Douglas D-558-1.
Transferred from the United States Navy, Bureau of Aeronautics
Country of Origin: United States of America
Clothing: 165.1 x 69.9 x 2.5cm (65 x 27 1/2 x 1 in.)
Clothing Size: 42L
Zipper: Nickel Silver
Buckle and Snaps: eel, leather, brass
Khaki cotton United States Marine/Navy one-piece summer flying suit; zipper down front; flap pocket with snap on each leg; zipper pockets on waist; attached belt; leather tag on left breast indicating name, rank and branch (see Marks for full text); zippers on each leg cuff; snap on leg cuffs; inside black tag with gold lettering.