US Military Aviation
Flight Equipments US Navy late 40's-50s



Miscelaneous images of flight equipments used by US Navy and USMC from late 40s through the end of 50s.


US Navy MK-2 life vest used during the early 50s

US Navy Banshee pilot 1951. (US Navy)

US Navy Cougar pilots of VF-114. (US Navy)

USMC middle 50s flight equipment. Note the SPH-2 helicopter flight helmet.

US NAVY pilot with MK-II high altitude full pressure suit. (US NAVY)

US Navy middle of the 50s Z 2 flight suit which incorporates the anti-g garment.

US Navy MK-IV high altitude full pressure suit on A-5A Vigilante ejection seat HS-1. (US NAVY)

Late 50s US NAVY Skyray pilots with MK-IV high altitude full pressure suit. (US NAVY)

US NAVY Parachute and seat pack used on jet aircraft during middle 50s.

Late 50s image of VMFA 323 "Death Rattlers" Lt. Col. D.L. Cummings near a FJ-4B Fury . (USMC)

US Navy Skyray pilot of VF(AW)-3 in 1958. (US NAVY)

Late 50s US Navy MK-IV high altitude full pressure suit and MK-4 life vest.

US Navy MK-III gold lamè cloth version. This suit is displayed at Naval Aviation Museum of Pensacola.

US NAVY MS22001 oxygen mask with Y suspension system as used during the middle of 50s.

US Navy MS22001 oxygen mask dated 1952.

US NAVY survival leggings SL-1 used during the 50s (Maurizio Bressan) .

US Navy jet pilot of the early 50s fully equipped.

US Navy jet pilot of the early 50s. Note the parachute located at seat pack level.

US Navy jet pilot of the late 50s fully equipped.

US NAVY jet pilot of the late 50s.

US NAVY MK-2 life vest used during the late 50s.

US NAVY MS22001 oxygen mask with Y suspension system and mini pressure regulator as used during the middle/late of 50s.

Korean War Vought F4U-4 Corsair pilot Lt. Bruce Bagwell of VF-871 on the USS Essex (CV-9) with the C-1 vest under the Navy Type MK-2 life vest. 1952

US NAVY flight equipment with early type of MK-3 life vest used during the middle/late of the 50s in the jet aircrafts F-8 Crusader and A-4 Skyhawk

US Navy pilot LCDR Robert M. Elder of VF-5A (VF-51) during the late 40s in front of an FJ-1 Fury. He wears an USAF style B-1 flight helmet, A-14 oxygen mask, MK-2 life vest, a cold weather leather flight suit and boots (US Navy)

US Navy pilot of F7U-3 Cutlass with a possible US Navy C-1A partial pressure flight suit. (US Navy)

US Navy pilots of VF-11 Red Rippers with Z type flight suit, MK-2 life vest and H-1 Flight Helmet, during the 1950 in front of an F2H-2 Banshee. (US Navy)

US Navy F2H Banshee pilots with H-4 helmet and MK2 Vest during the early of 50s (US Navy)

US Navy Z type anti-G flight suit used during the late 40s early 50s (Bellsaviation)

Convair Test pilot "Skeets" Coleman with Z type flight suit in 1954. In this images the test pilot is climbing on the VTOL aircraft XFY-1 POGO (Convair)

Frontal view of US Navy C-1A partial pressure flight suit. This very rare suit was used during the 50s (Bellsaviation)

Rear view of US Navy partial pressure suit C-1A. This was the US Navy variant of the USAF T-1 partial pressure suit (Bellsaviation)

Anti-g pants used with the US Navy full Presure suit MK-II (Bellsaviation)

US Navy MS 22001 Oxygen mask with early type of hard retention system of the middle of 50s

US Navy S&W Victory Mod. in .38 Spl; and relevant holster as used during WW2 and Korea by Aircrew (Informations by Justin Brooks)

US Navy Z 2 anti-g suit converted in Z-3 style with only the legs left. (Bellsaviation)

US Marines F2H Banshee pilots with H-3 helmet and MK2 Vest during the early of 50s (US Navy)