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MARKHITCOM | 25-09-13, 18:35 | 03 - GI Uniform | (342 Reads)
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N-3B Sage green color poplin  flight jacket MIL-J-6279J Size Medium 1983 Synthetic fur hood

USED condition

DESCRIPTION :

This is an one ( 1 ) pc AUTHENTIC U.S.G.I. USAF US AIR Force GI N-3B Sage green color poplin flight jacket MIL-J-6279J Size Medium 1983
The original Snorkel Parka (USAF N-3B parka, which is 3/4 length and has a full, attached hood; the similar N-2B parka is waist-length and has an attached split hood) was developed in the USA during the early 1950s for military use, mainly for flight crews stationed in extremely cold areas, designed as it was for temperatures down to -60 deg. F. Originally made with a sage green DuPont flight silk nylon outer and lining it was padded with a wool blanket type material until the mid 1970s when the padding was changed to polyester wadding making the jacket both lighter and warmer. The outer shell material also was changed to a sage green cotton-nylon blend, with respective percentages 80–20, 65-35, and 50-50 being used at various times. It gained the common name of "Snorkel Parka" because the hood can be zipped right up leaving only a small tunnel (or snorkel) for the wearer to look out of. This is particularly effective in very cold, windy weather although it has the added liabilities of seriously limiting the field of vision and hearing. Earlier (Vietnam-era) hoods had genuine fur ruffs on the hoods; later versions used synthetic furs. Original manufacturers of this parka for the government included Skyline, Southern Athletic, Lancer, Greenbrier, Workroom For Designers, Alpha, and Avirex. Older nylon-shell parkas have a tendency to exhibit a change in color from the original sage green to a shade of magenta due to long-term cumulative exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. To some in the military, this is personally desirable, as it lends to its wearer an aura of seasoned experience (referred to as salty by those in the US Navy and US Marine Corps). However, considered in a tactical environment, this is a liability, as it decreases one's ability to be camouflaged on the ground.

The basic N-3B parka design was copied and sold to the civilian market by many manufacturers with varying degrees of quality and faithfulness to the original government specifications. Surplus military parkas are often available for relatively low prices online and in surplus stores; they compare quite favorably with civilian extreme-cold parkas of all types due to their robust construction, designed for combat conditions, and warmth, at (usually) significantly lower prices. However, one would have to be satisfied with the single color choice of sage green.

In the UK, the snorkel parka attained its popularity high point in the late 1970s to mid 1980s when its cheap and hard wearing properties made it the jacket of choice for school kids. It became so popular that at many schools almost every boy had one. Whilst the original N3B parka lining was un-quilted and the same colour as the outer shell, the school type parkas usually has quilted orange lining.

this is very collectable gear item nowaday. 

DETAILS : 

--- PARKA,EXTREME COLD WWATHER , TYPE N-3B ,WITH SYNTHETIC FUR ON HOOD
--- MIL-J-6279J
--- SIZE: MEDIUM
--- 8415-899-0380
--- DLA100-83-C-0395
--- GREENBRIER INDUSTRIES, INC.
--- SCOVILL ZIPPER FULL FUNCTION
--- little dirty and repaired
--- Cuffs knit GOOD

--- Approx. market Value more than ASK for ref 

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