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160th SOAR Somalia era flight equipment pics

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With all the talk and rave over KH's new MH-60L in Somalia markings, I wanted to post a separate thread on this topic. 

Hopefully we can get it pinned.

I received permission to post this new pic showing the flight crew of Super 66. Take a good look at their flight vests.

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Tim

 

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This is the flight helmets they wore. This top pic is from the US Army Aviation museum.

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Tim

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Helmets are SPH-4s.  Your vest pic doesn't show, but I believe the aircrews also wore Ranger Body Armor (RBA).  

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I'll have to ask my aircrew source,  but I seem to remember them saying the armor plates slid into the front and back of the aircrew vests.

EDIT: I just spoke to my source, and the vests had the armor inside them.

Tim

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I received permission from a 160th pilot to post these 2 pics of a little bird pilot and his flight gear. 

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Tim

 

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The Ranger Body Armor plates were an interesting shape. 

 

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If I recall correctly, that notch was to allow the wearer to get a good fit with the buttstock of his weapon.   I think they are reintroducing this on the latest plates just being issued.  

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On 4/20/2019 at 12:33 PM, 11bee said:

If I recall correctly, that notch was to allow the wearer to get a good fit with the buttstock of his weapon.   I think they are reintroducing this on the latest plates just being issued.  

 

That's correct.

 

I always kept my right (shooting side) as clean as possible.

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Correct, they've been doing that with SAPI plates and newer.  Certain cuts of ballistic plate make the cut more aggressive for weight savings and less obstruction of the shoulder as well.

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Beretta 92's. Some aircrews carried mp5's while others carried variants of the M16.

 

Tim

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