March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
The United States Navy Mark 2 pneumatic life vest was was standard issue for naval aviators and aircrews in the late 1940s and saw continuous use throughout the Vietnam War.
Transferred from the United States Navy, Bureau of Aeronautics
United States Navy (USN) Mark 2 pneumatic lift vest; yellow rubberized fabric with rubber air bladders; 2 front pockets for C02 gas canisters; 2 dye markers packets and shark replent in olive drab packet; attached strobe light on right shoulder; black rubber manual inflation tube on left shoulder; one lower equipment pounch on front bladder; whistle on lanyard on left breast; 2 steel snaps down front; yellow nylon draw straps; black stencil letter text "BUAER U.S.N." on back panel.