THE "PANZERKOMBI"

The staged picture below, taken in 1977, shows Fliegerstaffel 17 Mirage IIIS pilots.

They wear - instead of the standard "Pilotenkombi 50" – a camo "Panzerkombi" ("tanker overall") with CSU-13A/ P anti-g garments. Note the mix of H-5 and Gueneau 316.

 

The Panzerkombi was tested during 1977 as a possible means to improve the chances of escape and survival in case of ejection over enemy territory.

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March 04th 1977, after an air combat training mission, while on landing circuit two Mirage III (one S and a BS) collided near Payerne AFB. All the crews were able to punch out, everybody survived. At least one of the pilots, here photographed immediately after his successful bail out, was wearing a "Panzerkombi".