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WWII US Army Air Force Pilot Survival Type C1 Vest -

This is a US Army field gear item. As issued during World War two. These were the vests that were issued to pilots in the event they were shut down. The vest comes equipped with a variety of survival equipment.

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A leather holster was sewn to one side of the vest. It came equipped with a leather strap to secure the gun in place. This was often removed by civilians who employed the vest after the war for fishing activities. The back has three straps that can be loosened and retied to accomodate different size people. This was the one size fits all approach.

The vest was distributed with a small instructions booklet. This provided information about the items found in the vest and how they were to be employed under survival conditions. A glare eye shield is shown in this photograph. It was very helpful in protecting the eyes from extreme exposure to the sun.

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The survival mirror comes in a cardboard box. it is of plastic construction. Black color with reddish letters. Instructions are printed on one side explaining how to use the mirror.

The C-1 Vest came with a series of pockets to hold the various items. Each pocket had a black ink stamp describing its contents. It is difficult to find some of the items that were issued with the vest.

The Army Air Forces logo is stenciled on the chest area. The words Army Air Forces are written just below the logo in white font.

The tag of the C1 vest is sewn to the inside area. It has a black background with gold letters.

This WWII US military collectible may be currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

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Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $130.00 $140.00 $180.00 $225.00 $275.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B A A

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