RAF Nomex desert jacket

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    RAF Nomex desert jacket

    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon May 02, 2011 8:08 pm

    I got this nice, interesting piece recently. It is for RAF flight personnel (not ground crews). It is made out of Nomex (Aramid) and follows the standard jacket cut pretty closely in most respects. The two big differences are a velcro collar tab and a padded arm pocket on the left arm. Note the damage to the top edge of the pocket seam. The guy who sent me this said he's seen a few others and all had the same damage, so it appears to be a significant manufacturing defect.

    Interestingly the tag makes no mention of this being a special garment. My contact was told this was in case of capture the crew could, in theory, avoid being detected as such. I don't know if that's true or not, but it is one logical explanation for the tag's nomenclature.

    Unfortunately the trousers are near impossible to get a hold of. Bah.

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    Re: RAF Nomex desert jacket

    Post by misanthropic_gods on Mon May 02, 2011 8:22 pm

    These are very cool..I have never seen one before.

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    Re: RAF Nomex desert jacket

    Post by fourtycoats on Tue May 03, 2011 10:11 am

    I have the suit Steve and there is no damage on the pocket on my jacket.

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    Re: RAF Nomex desert jacket

    Post by CollectinSteve on Tue May 03, 2011 2:59 pm

    You need to wear your's more Smile Either that or maybe it was limited to a specific factory or batch. The damage is the result of not having enough material on the backside of the pocket flap. After repeated flexing of the seam the material simply broke free.

    I'd love to see pictures of the trousers if you can!

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    Re: RAF Nomex desert jacket

    Post by chevpol on Wed May 04, 2011 5:18 pm

    Nice!!!

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    Re: RAF Nomex desert jacket

    Post by Easy Gee on Thu May 05, 2011 2:16 pm

    Very cool and hard to source piece of kit Stevecongrats and thanks for showing Cool

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    Re: RAF Nomex desert jacket

    Post by fourtycoats on Mon May 09, 2011 12:30 pm

    As requested Steve, photos of the FR suit. The trousers are rip stop whilst the shirt is the usual twill.




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    Re: RAF Nomex desert jacket

    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon May 09, 2011 3:18 pm

    Awesome!! Thanks for posting. Interesting that there are two versions... smooth and ripstop. I assume there is a smooth trousers and ripstop top to match. I wonder if they changed any characteristics between the two.

    Question... the inspector stamp on the label. I've been guessing that is a rejection stamp with "136" referring to the reason for the rejection. Can anybody confirm this?

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