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RAF observer parachute harness

RAF observer parachute harness

Code: S24374

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Type K-1. Stores reference 15A/144.  Essentially this is a standard 'Observer' harness for use with clip on chest-type parachute packs.  It was manufactured by Irvin Air Chute  c.May 1979 in very light brown webbing with a central fleck.  It is fitted with a large black painted MK.14 fully rounded quick release box (QRB).  With dated Irvin label and serial number.  The webbing is in good undamaged condition but a little soiled through normal use. Some of the metalwork is tarnished but this should clean up with a little effort.  The QRB functions correctly but is rather stiff to operate.  It's worth noting that it could be removed and replaced via the 'Lift-the-Dot' fastener.  This means that a wartime pattern QRB could be fitted to give a convincing wartime look.  The harness is also ftted with an Irvin made MK.1 backpad, stores reference 15A/191.  This is 1953 dated and in good order though grubby and with verdigris deposits on the metalwork.  The original Royal Navy /Fleet Air Arm owner's name is on a patch to the rear of the pad.  An interesting postwar harness for display or use as a strarting point for a wartime 'lookalike' at a fraction of the cost.  Stock code S24374.