[WWI] Camel pilot seat belt
dfernet0 at rosario.gov.ar
Mon Jul 18 13:53:37 EDT 2005
> Well, that would make RAF Hendon wrong too, since the wide lap-belt is
> what's in their half-covered Bristol fighter. Maybe the PE people get
> misled by retro-fitting of those types that saw post-war service?
It seems that after 1918 pilots became more concerned on keeping their
facial features un-crushed, after the dimishment of risk of having any
bodily parts pierced and/or burned by direct or indirect actions by the
enemy (i.e. "les sauvages").
Apart from that, former daring pilots would get a good chance of starring on
a movie if they had a complete set of teeth to smile at the camera or to a
Hence, they all preferred the Sutton harness, that looked much like a set of
braces, or suspenders, whatever you may like to call them. Interestingly
enough, no cockpit accoutrements resembled the male hose garter. A lost
opportunity, I daresay.
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