FAA Warfare ASW Aircrewman Q and A.

Waspie

War Hero
OK, I'll answer sensibly!!!
During flying operations, an aircrewman will wear whatever flying kit is appropriate for the operations and weather. (If water temp is below 15deg C - you will be wearing immersion suits which will keep you dry(ish) if you impromptu end up in the water. A life preserver with various safety aids such as emergency breathing apparatus plus communications equipment, radio, signal flares etc. Personal weapons if operations require it.
If not involved with flying operations, embarked you will be required to wear normal uniform, action working dress, a term for normal day wear, evenings will require you to change into night attire!! Used to be black trousers and white shirts.
As aircrew not only will you drag around your naval uniforms but also whatever kit you're issued for flying duties, Coveralls, wet and dry, boots, a flying helmet or maybe two if your part of a one aircraft crew.(Nearly forgot good old NBC kit). And most importantly, your very desirable aircrew sun glasses. Keep your mits tightly wrapped around these beauties as they tend to be the most nickable item next to your aircrew watch.
Hope that sheds light on your clothing question. Like I said, Google'RN Aircrew'. You see what the best dressed dudes on the planet are wearing.
 

Waspie

War Hero
For the fashionista!!!

What the best dressed Aircrewmen and women are wearing these days. (A sh1t pose though!!!!!) Must be a Bootie!!117831683_10158724573102498_6864037874364599441_n.jpg
 
I hate to disappoint!
Even as a AET on Junglie squadrons you'll see little combat. Yes you'll complete some small arms training and fire some rounds down range but actual combat - doubtful. Your skills as a engineer are way too valuable to lose on a 5.56 or 7.62!!!
Infanteer!!! After 20 years at Bovington with tanks I can understand the need for change.
Ask 849 when they had to return fire when Camp Bastion was invaded!!!
 
I did say 'little' combat not 'NO' combat.:cool: I spent most of my time as front line aircrew expecting to let rip! Did I? Not one round!!! I guess if it's just luck of the draw.:)
I took an SA80 (or whatever the proper name is?) to Afghan twice, second time I didn't even draw any rounds when I got there, after a few weeks we put them in secure armoury at work and I took it out just before I left. To be fair I couldn't hit a barn door from 10 yards and scraped through my weapon's test each year :)
 

Chris P

Lantern Swinger
What weapons test ? Went up the Radfan in 65, go to the armoury and sign here - 1 Stirling, 4 empty mags and two cartons of rounds, spent 20 minutes loading mags before take off - never got to use it - give Jack a gun and then run for cover I think was the general theory in those days, happy days though:):):)
 
What weapons test ? Went up the Radfan in 65, go to the armoury and sign here - 1 Stirling, 4 empty mags and two cartons of rounds, spent 20 minutes loading mags before take off - never got to use it - give Jack a gun and then run for cover I think was the general theory in those days, happy days though:):):)
Don't forget I was on the Joint Harrier Force, the crabs love to do all the war shit every year (CCS, Shooting, Gas Chamber, Running round a field with smoke grenades and blank rounds!!!), makes them feel part of the military. When I first got there we had to wear CS95?? on Thursdays, I suppose it was their Thursday war :)
 

Waspie

War Hero
What weapons test ? Went up the Radfan in 65, go to the armoury and sign here - 1 Stirling, 4 empty mags and two cartons of rounds, spent 20 minutes loading mags before take off - never got to use it - give Jack a gun and then run for cover I think was the general theory in those days, happy days though:):):)
I was like Rambo went we flew into the province!! SLR - 80 rounds 7.62, 9mm - 60 rounds, great bit survival knife!! Flack jacket!! Personal weapon test every time we landed at Moscow Camp. Never fired one round in anger.
Not reciprocated though!!! Some damn Paddy stitched a nice line of holes along our tail cone!!!! Didn't have a clue it had happened until the maintainers asked us to come have a look at the new Sea King ventilation after we landed.
 
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