Life Vest, Luftwaffe

Life Vest, Luftwaffe

     

The Luftwaffe kapok fill life vest had excellent floatation properties and could keep a pilot or crew member afloat up to 24 hours. The vest was almost exclusively used by bomber and transport crews because it was too bulky for use in single-seat fighters or dive-bombers. The high-collar helped to keep the wearer's head above water. One unfortunate design aspect of the vest was that the back was more bouyant than the front and had the tendency to roll the wearer face forward in the water.

Transferred from the United States Air Force, Park Ridge Facility

Physical Description:
Luftwaffe life west; 3 panels of 3cm to 4 cm nautural color cotton tubes filled with kapok; panels attached by 2 front and 2 side toggles; high neck; 2 cotton web leg straps.

Country of Origin
Germany

Manufacturer
Constant Eugene S.A.

Type
EQUIPMENT-Survival

Materials
Cotton
Kapok
Wood
Steel
Nickel Alloy
Dimensions
3-D: 50.8 x 7.6 x 69.9cm (20 x 3 x 27 1/2 in.)

The Luftwaffe kapok fill life vest had excellent floatation properties and could keep a pilot or crew member afloat up to 24 hours. The vest was almost exclusively used by bomber and transport crews because it was too bulky for use in single-seat fighters or dive-bombers. The high-collar helped to keep the wearer's head above water. One unfortunate design aspect of the vest was that the back was more bouyant than the front and had the tendency to roll the wearer face forward in the water.

Transferred from the United States Air Force, Park Ridge Facility

Physical Description:
Luftwaffe life west; 3 panels of 3cm to 4 cm nautural color cotton tubes filled with kapok; panels attached by 2 front and 2 side toggles; high neck; 2 cotton web leg straps.

Country of Origin
Germany

Manufacturer
Constant Eugene S.A.

Type
EQUIPMENT-Survival

Materials
Cotton
Kapok
Wood
Steel
Nickel Alloy
Dimensions
3-D: 50.8 x 7.6 x 69.9cm (20 x 3 x 27 1/2 in.)

ID: A19603300000