RAF Observer parachute pack & metalwork
By Irvin Air Chute (IAC). Stores Ref. 15A/156 (pack alone) or 15A/141 (with canopy). Two point quick connector chest pack. Attaches to the Observer type harness by the engagement of a pair of steel loops with a pair of hooded snap-hooks located on the chest. This example is manufactured in the usual sandy coloured plain weave duck canvas. It is complete with all the webbing grab handles, rip-cord flap and rip-cord handle housing. Manufacturer's details are printed directly onto the pack 'Irvin Air Chute, Aeroplane Type - Two Point Quick Connector'. It is marked with a serial number and is dated 31 Dec. 1964. An earlier serial number has been erased - this presumably relating to an earlier canopy.
The pack is a bit grubby through use but is in very good condition and stencilled 'AVRO' to rear. It is fitted with the original/correct metalwork for attaching to the harness, a full set of bungee cords and ripcord/handle. The pack contains a 24' diameter Irvin Air Chute nylon canopy complete with rigging lines dated 1964. It's serial number matches that of the pack. Although a post WW2 issue pack these are still difficult to find and would make an excellent display piece in lieu of a wartime example. Stock code M22662.