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RAF Mk.7 Ventile immersion flying suit c.1960s


Code: S23656

A Special Production of P. Frankenstein (Manchester) Ltd. Victoria Rubber Works, Manchester.  Stores reference 22c/1672 (blouse) & 22c/1677 (trousers).  Size 2 (5'7" - 5'9"), dated 27/8/65.  Ultra rare early two piece aircrew immersion flying suit comprised of a hooded blouse and high waisted trousers with integral boots.  Both parts are manufactured in a twin layer of blue-grey ventile fabric woven from Egyptian cotton.  The blouse is tailored as an over-the-head smock with integral hood.  It has two buttoned flapped pockets on the chest and is fitted with a silk/rayon lined neoprene rubber neck seal, rubber cuffs and 'skirt'.  The matching high-waisted trousers feature buttoned leg pockets, integral rubber boots with lace fasteners to adjust the fit, a large rubber 'collar' at the waist and braces to alleviate the weight.  When worn, the lower part of the blouse buttons over the top of the trousers.  The suit shows little use or wear.  There is some storage soiling on the blouse and a tear on the rubber skirt but all of the rubber parts are completely flexible.   The trousers are even cleaner, there appears to be very little wear on the boot soles and the rubber is lovely and flexible.  Both parts are fully labelled and have matching manufacture dates.  The MK.7 was the only immersion suit made using ventile cloth and all subsequent suits were also of one-piece construction. These very rarely turn up and the ones that do invariably have gone hard, are dirty, damaged, have hoods missing/removed etc.  This is a superb example.   Further photographs available on request.  Stock code S23656.