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SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by Deanw » Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:45 pm

I'm busy researching all flight gear used by the SAAF, such as helmets, masks, flight suits, life preservers, survival vests, shoes, gloves, etc for a book on all flight gear used by SAAF aircrew since 1945.

I'm building a nice collection, but still have many (many) items on my wish list!

The thread on all my SAAF helmets is at viewtopic.php?f=1&t=206115

If there's interest, I'll post some of my other collection here.
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Re: SAAF flight gear

Unread post by Deanw » Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:45 pm

Some of the life jackets in my collection:

Life Jacket Mk4A: Used from the mid 1950’s to the 1970's
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Beaufort Mk15: Used from the 1970s to 1990’s (helicopters and slow movers)
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Beaufort Mk17: Used in the 1980s to 1990’s (fighters)
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Secumar 150 SAF: 1994 - Current (fighters, helicopters and transport)
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(The Secumar 150 above is a Frankenstein of two really old and rotten examples, so has a few clips, zips, etc missing. Still looking for a complete example :wink: )
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Re: SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by Deanw » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:52 pm

Here are some anti-g garments from my collection:

Dunlop Suits Flying Anti-G Mk 4A (inlet LHS, 1964)
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Dunlop Suits Flying Anti-G Mk 5A (inlet RHS, 1962)
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ARZ EFA Type 10 M 2 full-body (inlet RHS, 1969)
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ARZ EFA Type 10 M 2 full-body (inlet LHS, 1969)
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EFA ARZ Type 817 M1 (1974)
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ARZ EFA Type 817-M2 (1976)
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Betihut (1978)
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Clansman Mk2A (1984)
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Clansman Anti-G garment Mk10L (1990)
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Texcraft Anti-G Garment Impala
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Clansman Mk2A modified with white strap for use on PC-7 MkII (must still attach my spare MB clip to strap)
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I know of at least five other g-suit types that I'm missing. :wink:
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Re: SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by Jack Welles » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:29 pm

Where do you store/display all this stuff?
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Re: SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by Spice » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:22 pm

Clansman Anti-G garment Mk10L (1990) was specific for use with the MB Mk10 seat fitted to the Cheetah B, D and E
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Re: SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by Deanw » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:41 pm

Spice wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:22 pm
Clansman Anti-G garment Mk10L (1990) was specific for use with the MB Mk10 seat fitted to the Cheetah B, D and E
Correct, in conjunction with the Mk10L flight suit. Wonder what seat was used in those versions of Cheetah? :wink: :lol:
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Re: SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by Deanw » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:43 pm

Jack Welles wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:29 pm
Where do you store/display all this stuff?
That, Jack, is the big question! Wish I had more display space in the house, but the wife has other ideas ... 8-[ :lol:
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Re: SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by Jack Welles » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:49 pm

Deanw wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:43 pm
Jack Welles wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:29 pm
Where do you store/display all this stuff?
That, Jack, is the big question! Wish I had more display space in the house, but the wife has other ideas ... 8-[ :lol:
Yeah, I wondered about that :lol:
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Re: SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by FAKRMike » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:48 am

Just a question... how long would/does it take pilots that wear these suits to kit up? Just wondering about them sitting around waiting to go in to battle or mission and then of course them having to scramble to react to a situation.
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Re: SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by Deanw » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:21 am

Not the case now, but during the Border War, those on intercept duty would sit in the Mirage cockpit, suited up, plugged in and waiting, ready to press the starter button. It would get hot sitting in the sun, so a special mobile shade contraption was built to try and assist. Other crew would then be on standby, ready to suit up and depart within a certain time period.

During the 60's, high altitude intercepts required a high alt pressure suit, for which the pilot needed assistance to put on. These days they can put standard flying gear on by themselves.

There is no current requirement for immediate intercept, but it does take a certain amount of dexterity to put some of the gear on. :lol:
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Re: SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by Wildcat_004 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:22 am

We would already be in the cockpit......depending on the reliability of the intelligence. Once scrambled from our rooms in Ondangwa.....we were airborne within 10 minutes. You get accustomed to quick donning of the g-suit.
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Re: SAAF flight gear - My collection

Unread post by FAKRMike » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:24 am

thanks guys.. interesting stuff!

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