Collection Item Summary:
This is an example of a 1941 Pattern flying suit used by Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots and aircrew during the World War II. This garment is electrically wired for heat and has connections for heated gloves and socks. The suit contains a heavy insulation of kapok to provide buoyancy in case of a water alight.
This flying suit was obtained for research by the U.S. Army Air Forces Foreign Technology Division (FTD) during World War II. These items were made available for study by commercial firms who could then incorporate any improvements American flight clothing.