RAF suit, air ventilated, Mk.2A
By GQ Parachute Co. Ltd. Stores reference 22c/1858. Size 3 (Ht. 5'6" - 5'11", Ch. below 393/4"). Dated April 1958. More commonly known as the 'Fairy' suit, the air ventilated suit was produced to afford relief from the discomfort of high cockpit temperatures by conveying moving air to the wearer's skin through a number of tubes spread over the surface. It is a simple one-piece 'suit' produced in nylon and fastened with tapes tied at the wearer's back. The air tubes are made of PVC and routed through nylon channels. Commencing at a large inlet tube the system divides into smaller tubes fanning out over the body. There are a total of 144 tubes in the system. Worn in conjunction with various outer flying suits including the MK.2 & 2A in the Lightning and other jet aircraft. It appears that a child has coloured in some of the tubes at the bottom of the left leg otherwise in excellent overall condition. These suits are now rare and extremely difficult to find in any condition. Also worn by the fabulous Kate Bush in the video for her song 'The Dreaming', from the album of the same name, released in 1982. Stock code S22306.