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Flight Suit Uniform

1917 - Current

In an age of unheated cockpits, it became apparent that warmer clothing was needed as well as multiple pockets with buttons, zippers and snaps, to prevent items from falling out. Numerous flight jackets and pants were used during World War I, the most popular were leather, due to its durability and protection it offered to flying debris such as oil thrown out by the rotary engines. During World War II, many flight suits offered electric heating, due to the high altitudes the planes were operating (above 30,000 feet). Many of the bomber crews were wearing their dress uniforms under leather and flak jackets as they were not reaching altitudes that required electric heating.

As the introduction of jet engines came, so did the need for pressurized cabins, the flight suit evolved into its current standard of Nomex flame resistant material and is most often seen in green and desert tan, with specific pockets for gear(map pocket etc.). Many non-pilot AFSC's such as flight crews, engineers, and nurses as they are more flame resistant and practical than their ABU's.