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 Post subject: BBMF Pilots
PostPosted: Tue 04 Nov 2014 13:34 pm 
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I've been searching pictures of Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight pilots. Lots of them wear RAF Blue overalls. Some of them wear olive overalls with either green or white bone-domes. Is there any etiquette regarding the uniforms :?:
The reason for my question is that the Airfix colour call outs in the BBMF Collection Gift Set say Hu:29 Matt Dark Earth :scratch:

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 Post subject: Re: BBMF Pilots
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Hi Ratch,

maybe not much help, but have a rummage around the photos on this site. It may provide some of the answers you seek.

http://forums.airshows.co.uk/

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Yet another question I wish I'd asked when I was in a position to get an authoritative answer - but I'll hazard a guess it's all at the door of the Reds, who equip their groundcrew with blue growbags, while they wear their own favourite colour (red) to perform. You also have to remember most of the BBMF are what used to be called (and perhaps still are?) 'specialist aircrew', i.e. they prefer flying into their old (middle) age to building an office-bound career. So any 'special' uniform they've acquired through previous postings is likely to get worn, whatever orders may say, because why should they pander to the ground-based suits ...

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From the pictures I've studied today, they seem to wear blue on the ground and olive for flying :Pilot:

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BBMF pilots are not all Specialist Aircrew, most are drawn from the Sqns at Coningsby as Secondary Duties with some coming from other Stations. Only the Boss is a permanent member of the Flight. Historically the Lanc and Dakota rear crew were drawn from Instructors at the Airmen Aircrew school at Cranwell. With regard to 'kit', routine flying (Staff Continuation Training, Air Test, etc) will be carried out in std issue flying coveralls (currently Mk16A [with kneeboards] or Mk16B [without kneeboards]) and helmets. The coveralls are a 'middlish' olive green, helmets can be dark green or white (presumably this is a Squadron thing - at least it was in my day). For display purposes BBMF Aircrew wear black coveralls. I am not sure who makes these nowadays, historically they were sourced through AWS. Despite Dordogne Dodger's 'dig' at the Aircrews, the Black coveralls worn by BBMF and the Red coveralls worn by RAFAT are nothing to do 'favourites' but are down to the RAF wishing to present a 'corporate image' amongst its 2 primary display teams.

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 Post subject: Re: BBMF Pilots
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The BBMF's black coveralls are officially known as 'Display Team, Type C' and are special order only, incidentally this is also the description of the Red Arrows coveralls, so presumably when the order goes in the squipper has to remember to add 'red' or 'black'. Another point is the Mk16 coveralls are officially 'sage green' and appear to be more colourfast than the Mk14 coveralls which would fade to brown in sunlight.


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