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RAF 'Beadon' flying suit

RAF 'Beadon' flying suit

Code: S22430

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Stores reference 22c/1051, Size 5 (ht. 5'8" - 5'11", ch. 34-37", wt. 29-33", st. 36 -39").  The 'Beadon' suit, or as it is correctly termed, 'Lightweight Flying Overall', was introduced late in the war as a replacement for the Sidcot flying suit.  Manufactured in a grey gabardine 'ventile' fabric, this one-piece suit has a full front zip fastener from waist to neck and a further zip around/under the crutch.  It also has twelve pockets for the stowage of survival/medical equipment and rations, much of which is similar to that carried in the tropical survival kit.  The material is generally clean, not too faded and in excellent condition.  There is a small darned repair over the left breast pocket and a stitched repair on the left sleeve but neither are serious (see photographs). All the zips are original, War Department broad arrow marked, complete with cloth puller tags, and function correctly.  Unusually both knitted wristlets and collar appear to be free of moth damage and are very good.  Complete with integral belt, inner back pocket, cloth hanger and label.  A very good '+' / excellent used example.  These are increasibgly difficult to find now - many having been used as overalls after the war.  Stock code S22430.