than finding a few images, I had nothing to do to prepare this post,
so, of course, I lost it. BUT I found it again while combing my Drafts
folder for something of value.
Here is Mantel Man's story about when he served on an aircraft carrier some time after the first Gulf War.
(Original photo stolen from this guy)
As if our flight gear weren’t heavy enough already.
On any normal flight from the aircraft carrier, I wore my flight suit (with Spaceman Spiff underwear, but that’s none of your business), G-suit to keep from blacking out during hard turns, harness to connect to the ejection seat, survival vest, and helmet – plus a .45 and ammo for patrols over Iraq or flights over the wild Australian outback. Then, if the weather got cold enough, we might also be required to wear…
That’s right – waterproof one-piece suits with rubber seals at the neck, wrists, and ankles, plus special thermal underwear (without pictures of Spaceman Spiff, dammit).The suits were hot and uncomfortable under our flight suits, and fortunately I had to wear them on only one deployment, off the coast of South Korea one winter during the annual Team Spirit exercise with the ROK armed forces.
After each flight over the cold Sea of Japan, I couldn’t wait to get out of the dry suit before heading to the forward (a.k.a. “dirty shirt”) wardroom, where the flyers would gather for an evening meal or snack. One evening, however, my friend Jack from the helicopter squadron came up still wearing a dry suit under his flight suit. Now, Jack was 6 feet 6 inches tall and had to fly search-and-rescue helo’s because he was too tall for jet fighters. He had a great sense of humor and was liked by all.
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Foolery here -- I don't know about YOU guys, but I'M picturing a HydroVac suit from the Woody Allen movie "Sleeper."
(Original photo stolen from these guys) Thanks for the bedtime story, Mantel Man!