THE PAGE OF STRANGE THINGS
We would like to randomly show here (supposed to be :-) interesting old and new items related to Swiss AF pilot equipment not commonly seen. Enjoy!
BOOM MIKE BRACKET
Swiss AF helmets are (except JHMCS) provided with a locally made boom mike installation bracket.
Their aircraft not being equipped with CVR's (Cockpit Voice Recorders), Swiss AF pilots provided with small tape recorders ("Dictaphones") connected in parallel to the communication system.
A number of such devices were tested, with two models found capable to withstand a defined amount of "G"s without failures.
The recorders are carried in a holster attached to the anti-G garment by three "pull the dot" buttons - in the earlier models - or velcroed onto the new ones.
Since the 1940's until today, Swiss AF pilots have been issued with various models of locally made bags called "Effektentaschen" or "Pilotentaschen", in order to carry equipment, maps, navigation aids or personal belongings.