The rig came in with a big bundle of gear the shop owner recently acquired. It's been well-used and is pretty beat-up. The owner wagered it may have been a pick-up from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan or Iraq, or *maybe* even a relic from the Soviet-Afghan War, possibly an indigenous fighter piece. I have seen photos of fighters in Afghanistan wearing Type 56 rigs, but is there any documentation of their use in Iraq?
Well-used and salty; missing a couple buttons, with some abrasions and dirt throughout.
Back of the rig, with all the graffiti.
Not sure what these are. The shop owner said he thinks they are crudely-drawn aircraft profiles, and I can see where he would make that connection. He guessed that perhaps they were a way of chronicling aircraft that the wearer had encountered. There's also some faint print I can't quite decipher below the drawings.
A faint and as-yet unidentified symbol. It's a bit too faint to make out what it is. Below that are two names, I'm unsure of their origin. Notice next to Majed there is a symbol, to me it kind of looks like a leaf. I couldn't find anything about "Werea", but have found that "Majed" is a fairly common Arabic name.
It's anyone's guess as to where it came from or who used it. Any wagers?