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USAF’s Chair, Combat

We recently showed you the Army’s developmental Combat Chair. Turns out the Air Force had previously fielded their version of a Combat Chair back in 2011. Naturally, it included a canopy and drink holder.  They don’t call it the Chair Force for nothing.

Thanks to Mike M for the gouge.

18 Responses to “USAF’s Chair, Combat”

  1. Sam Lerman says:

    This was NOT the final fielded variant. This was a test issue. Feedback from the field identified that the drink holder was not capable of chilling its held drink, a fundamental requirement of the USAF program. It also lacked adjustable lumbar support, programmable back massager, and heating in the seat (for arctic environments). These changes were all integrated into the final released version, fielded in 2014.

  2. Gerard says:

    Ok I got nothing…this photo leaves me speechless

  3. Tazman66gt says:

    I assumed from the angle of the other picture that perhaps the person shown was pregnant and was using the chair because of that. But, I might be trying to interject logic into something where it doesn’t belong.

  4. Dee says:

    Actually, the fielded version also includes a very pretty “fringe on top” (just like a surrey) for “camouflage purposes.”

    Due to a miscommunication between the manufacturer and contracting officer, the fringe as delivered was pink and airmen in the field were instructed to used colored markers to change the fringe color to “whatever color is most suitable to the local environment.” Most concluded pink was in fact the correct color.

    • Maroon Beret says:

      My understanding is that pink was selected to reflect USAF male thong color, which would ensure parity with USAF females. Any truth to that?

  5. Gilk10180 says:

    Hahha! I was at this class, it was intermediate carbine from LMS defense in ravensdale wa. That airmen was….a nurse for a unit at JBLM if i remember correctly?

    • m3medic says:

      IDMT (Independent Duty Medical Technician.) Pretty good on the memory otherwise…

  6. miclo18d says:

    It’s quite apparent, from the comments here, that none of you have been to a range with an SF ODA. This is Childers play. Where’s the cooler? The inflatable mattress for shooting in the prone? The radio blasting out Slipknot? The BBQ? The crates of ammo that have to be expended by the end of September?

    Weak…….w e a k!

    (Caveat: when in S. America…. add: Why isn’t he wearing shorts?)

  7. Che Guevara's Open Chest Wound says:

    I figured it’d have wheels on it. Now they have to physically pick up the chair to move it around, rather than zooming on wheels.

    • Sam Lerman says:

      The modular wheels, mosquito net, miniaturized AC unit, and TV/Xbox are all in the accessory pelican 1660 case out of view of this picture, but they come with every USAF Combat Chair Kit.

      • Maroon Beret says:

        Sam, can you clarify whether the USAF had dual voltage 110/220 for the Kegerator attachment? I also think some of the later models had Expresso trays but that might have been limited to issue for USAF units in Italy. Not sure but if you can shed some light, several of us would like to settle a bet.

    • Maroon Beret says:

      No wheels. There is a pallet roller that attaches to carrying case and they slide it into place.

  8. Maroon Beret says:

    I’m calling fake news because I know for a fact the USAF version had a vibrating back massager, and a foam neck collar used to support the head when falling asleep, a prevalent condition associated with being in the Air Farce. This version appears to be a USCG model misappropriated by someone in the USAF based on the blue color. However it could be USN model because from what I remember the USCG model came with attachment for Bass fish poles. The only way you can tell is to look closely and see if the fabric appears stained by suntan lotion in which case it’s most likely a USN model. The USMC version for those who are interested came without fabic, or frame and was held upright by the users legs, who would squat with legs in a 45 degree angle, and upper torso at a 90 degree angle simulating a seated
    position. It also had the advantage that it would change color according to whatever camo the Marine had on at that time. Needless to say, all other services were envious, and remain so.