It's a matter of "each to their own"March 29 2012 at 9:35 PM
Adam (Login Pittsdude)
from IP address 188.8.131.52
Response to Re: Collectors & Re-enactors
This is a emotive subject and comes down to each individuals "sensibilities". I never served in the military, so I totally feel uncomfortable wearing any uniform or ex-military flight gear. I never earned the right to wear a uniform, so I never will.
I'm lucky enough to fly a high performance aerobatic aeroplane and I choose to wear certain safety equipment - none of which is ex-military. I wear a HGU-55 helmet from Gentex which was custom made for me and not ex-military. I wear this helmet because 60% of aviation fatalities are a result of head injury and if I have to bail out of my aeroplane I give myself a 50/50 chance of hitting the tail. Sometimes I wear a flight suit, which once again was made for me and not the "sage green" ex-military type. I chose to do this because whilst it would of been cheaper to buy a ex-military "baggy green suit", I feel I don't deserve to wear one.
It's a free country and we can all do what we want within the laws of the land. I'm certainly not at all saying what you are doing is wrong either. I'm just saying that I having never served in the military, could do this.
I do though have an issue with civies walking around old battlefields wearing uniforms - like those who walk around the D-Day battlefields in uniform - that to me is wrong. It's a insult to those who died in those uniforms.
I'm all for preserving history. What the Temora Aviation Museum is all about is a prime example of this. Good luck with your endeavours and I at no time mean to belittle or insult what you do. As I said, I have to live with my own "sensibilities" in this regard.
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