HUNTER Mk.58 PILOT ,1976

 

 

This major of the UeG (Überwachungsgeschwader) is getting ready for his planned mission during a cold winter day of 1976. He is wearing a model 1950 cotton flight suit (“Pilotenkombi 50”), model 1963 flight boots (Pilotenschuhe 63), a cold weather sweater model 1975 ("Tricot 75")  and a modified CSU-13A/ P anti-g garment.

A pair of  F-343 sunglasses (Swiss made copy of American Optical sunglasses, with improved frame) completes the equipment .

On the chair, leaning on his cardboard box, a Gentex/ Sportex H-5 helmet fitted with MS22001 oxygen mask and a leather pilot jacket ("Pilotenjacke").

TRICOT 75 - "GNÄGI" 

 

 

The turtleneck sweater ("Tricot 75") is still in use, issued in more modern materials, in all Swiss Army services and bears the nickname of "Gnägi" because it was adopted during Mr. Rudolf Gnägi's (member of Swiss Federal Council from 1966 to 1979)  tenure of the Military Department in 1975.

 

PILOTENJACKE 

 

The Swiss "Pilotenjacke", is inspired and almost the same as the German Air Force one, apart from the grade label holder common to all the equipment of Swiss AF pilots.

In the picture on the right, you can see that in different times small (below) and large (above) nameplates been stitched.

STRIWA is a known German manufacturer of leather goods, so it is possible that, contrary to the policy of the time, the jacket was manufactured abroad.