Flying SuitsJuly 7 2010 at 7:10 AM
Chris K (Premier Login AOC553)
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Response to 'Prestige' Suits
The 'prestige suits' are the aviation version of the white coveralls worn by race car drivers in the 1930s. As already noted, they were orginally a privately purchased item which eventually made its way into inventory for display teams, etc. D. Lewis being one of many makers of these suits. As a side note, D Lewis produced these in black, white and blue.
There were various incarnations of the Sidcot suit in use all along and these were designed for use with or without their insulating liners.
As already noted, it gets extremely cold at altitude. A 90-minute patrol at 18,000 feet would be extremely uncomfortable in shirt-sleeves. A cotton flying suit over shirt sleeves would be little better than shirt-sleeves alone.
When looking at photos, one must consider when they were taken. Sitting in the cockpit in shirt-sleeves when on 30-minute readiness might convey the impression of flying in shirt sleeves whereas a photo just before actual takeoff might see the same pilot in leg warmers, frock, and Irvin.
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