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Need Flight Deck Jerseys?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Tidewater Tactical has your flight deck jersey needs covered with every color and size. Both American MFG and Drifire models as well as pants are available.

If you’re in Hampton Roads you can stop in, or contact them via tidewatertactical.com.

XGO – Extreme Hot Weather Combat Shirt

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Utilizing the same Air Commando technology as their baselayers, XGO’s Extreme Hot Weather Combat Shirt features both knit torso as well as cape and arms unlike others on the market which use woven fabrics for the cape and arms. There are also stretch woven elbow patches.

The Air Commando material offers FR protection as well as Acclimate Dry moisture management and AG47 Silver anti-microbial. Additionally, the torso has UPF 23+ with the sleeves at UPF 25+. The sleeve and cape fabric is a Modacrylic and FR Rayon blend, paired with a no melt no drip Tan torso. The zippers are also FR and the Velcro patches on the sleeves are time matched. Flat seam construction avoids chaffing.

Offered in MultiCam and Tan 499 sizes XS-3XL.

ORSWM 20 – XGO Extreme Hot Weather Air Commando Baselayers

Friday, January 31st, 2020

XGO‘s new Air Commando baselayer garments are engineered for Extreme Hot Weather, yet offer FR protection as well as Acclimate Dry moisture management and AG47 Silver anti-microbial. The fabric itself is a Modacrylic and FR Rayon blend with a pill resistant, mesh knit.

The construction incorporates Clean Seam with for seams to avoid skin irritation and no seams on the shoulders.

Although these garments are FR, the fabric is extremely comfortable and many will want to wear them everyday. Aside from the softness of the fabric, the garments also offer XGO’s Advanced Cooling treatment which feels cool against the skin.

Visit Wild Things at AUSA for FR Clothing Solutions

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Wild Things is exhibiting at AUSA in Washington, DC, October 14-16! Come visit us in booth 644 and checkout our selection of FR apparel featuring GORE PYRAD, including the Rescue Jacket FR-GT pictured above, as well as an assortment of base layers to loft, and everything in between. To schedule an appointment, email sales@wildthingsgear.com or call (828) 421-4349.

And make sure to swing by booth 644 for a Wild Things patch or sticker!

Visit Wild Things for FR Clothing Solutions at SAFE Symposium

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Come visit Wild Things at SAFE Symposium in Reno, NV, October 14-16! We’re in booth 400 with a selection of FR apparel featuring GORE PYRAD, as well as our complete assortment of base layers to loft, and everything in between. To schedule an appointment, email sales@wildthingsgear.com or call 757-702-8773.

And make sure to swing by booth 400 for a Wild Things patch or sticker.

DSEI 19 – Armadillo FR Merino Mesh

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Intended as a base layer, the wool mesh traps air providing insulation. It features padded shoulders for load carrying with thumb loops at the cuff. All stitching is flatlocked.

Made from a blend of Merino Wool and FR Polyster. Available in sizes XS-XXXL due to the tight fit.

www.armadillomerino.com

No More ‘Flight Suits,’ the Integrated Aircrew Ensemble Makes Debut

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Representatives from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, visited Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 8-12 to introduce fighter pilots and aircrew flight equipment professionals to some of the newest developments in flight-suit technology.

Team Hickam’s Hawaiian Raptors, comprised of members from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons, have been selected to be the first aircraft operators to bring the gear, called the Integrated Aircrew Ensemble, into an operational capacity.

The visiting project managers from the Human Systems Program Office provided demonstrations, fittings and on-the-job training to F-22 Raptor pilots and the AFE Airmen who will maintain the state-of-the art ensemble.

“Being selected as the first unit, and also as the Air National Guard, over any other [major command] is definitely something to be proud of, said Senior Master Sgt. Michelle Davidson, 154th Operations Support Squadron AFE superintendent. “I think it says something about our work ethic and our integrity down here; that we’re willing to take on the challenge and be a part of this new process.”

Hawaii Air National Guard and Active Duty pilots were provided demonstrations and were individually measured for custom-fit equipment.

Unlike the currently used ‘legacy’ equipment, which had been piecemealed with additional support items over several decades, each component of the IAE has been designed to complement all other items. The IAE is built to support aircrew in all ejection-seat aircraft, to include fighters, trainers and bomb carriers. Its material has been influenced by recent advancements in sports technology to aid aviators who endure harsh flight conditions.

“It’s all strategically placed so items are not on top of each other; it minimizes the occurrence of friction, hotspots or wear-down on the system,” said Carl Medeiros, IAE program manager. “The material is also moisture-wicking, so it pulls moisture away from the body, removing and reducing thermal burden, while increasing mobility and comfort levels. When it all comes together, there’s a direct correlation and improvement to the physiological effects on the pilot.”

A combination of four layers can be used to support pilots in the face of natural elements and a wide range of mission sets. This includes a thermal undergarment for cold weather protection, a water-resistant environmental protection layer, a chemical/biological/radiological resistant layer and the coverall, which provides heat and flame protection.

While the new system will require additional familiarize training events for AFE Airmen, less man hours will be required to sustain and service the equipment. Developments, such as the new floatation device, make this possible, as it does not require sensitive munitions to activate and can be transported and handled without risks of explosive reactions.

According to Medeiros, the Hawaiian Raptors are projected to receive the IAE during the first half of 2020.

“Initially I think the buildup process is going to be quite tedious,” said Davidson. “It’s a big task to take on, but I think once the supplies are delivered and we’re all set up it’s going to be an amazing product for us to use.”

Story by SrA John Linzmeier 

154th Wing Public Affairs

Canadian Navy – Naval Enhanced Combat Uniform Update

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

The latest version of the Canadian Navy’s Naval Enhanced Combat Uniform goes on trial soon with a Operational Wear test aboard a vessel. The earliest version was quite baggy, based on the Canadian Forces Combat Uniform, but in Black. It proved to be too baggy for use aboard ship. Logistik Unicorp produced the test uniforms and created a more streamlined fit as well as integrating features, like pocket designs, from a proposed next generation combat uniform.

The Naval Enhanced Combat Uniform is the replacement for the current No 5 Naval Combat Dress. Like its predecessor, it is black in color. However, two fabrics are currently being looked at, Nomex and Kermel, both competing pyramid fabrics with FR properties.

The shirt features onboard facing zippered Napoleon pockets as well as zippered hand pockets at the waist.

Additionally, there are zippered bicep pockets on either arm as well as a pile field for insignia.

One interesting feature is the integrated knee padding. It’s fairly simple and straightforward, but there are accommodations to add additional padding if needed.

In addition to fabric selection, they also hope to determine whether the trouser will feature a zippered rear pocket.

If all goes well, a final version will soon become the new No 5 dress for Canadian Navy personnel. Perhaps, some of the features of this uniform will find also their way into the combat uniform worn by ground-based Canadian forces.