Only One Available: This is an Original WWII U.S. Navy "VR-3" M-69F Leather Transport Pilot Aircraft Coat in amazing condition. It is a a size US 40 heavy insulated leather knee length coat. The original data tag reads:
COATS, AIRCRAFT TRANSPORT
BuAERO. - U.S. NAVY
SPECIFICATION M-69 F
GORDON & FERGUSON CO.
CONTRACT NO. NXs. 416 EXT.A
There are labels on the coat that read:
The leather is soft and supple and in great condition. Has a beautiful mouton "fur" collar and fine Alpaca lining. There is no damage and the cuffs are in perfect condition, comes complete with leather belt (so often missing). This is one of the nicest M-69F jackets you will find.
On Dec. 12, 1941 the NAVAL AIR TRANSPORT SERVICE was established uner the Chief of Naval Operations to "Provide rapid delivery of critical equipment, spare parts and specialists to Naval activities and Fleet forces through out the U.S. This was followed by the establishment of VR-3 on December 29, 1941 and it's formal commissioning in April 1942 at the Naval Air Facility Fairfax KS under the command of LT. Vernon A. Doyle, USN. This squadrons area of coverage was the continental U.S. with the R4D Skytrain aircraft (DC-3). On April 1, 1943 the squadron flew the first scheduled flight between Washington DC and March AFB CA.
In Dec. 1943 Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox visited the newly commissioned Naval Air Rewerve Base at Olathe KS. The following Jan. he ordered VR-3 to be moved to the new Naval Air Station Olathe KS to begin full operation with their aircraft. This resulted in the inauguration of scheduled round trip flights to the west coast Naval facilities. VR-3 was the first military unit to operated "Air Evacuation" flights carrying wounded or ill servicemen from Washington DC to Burbank CA. It was then followed in December with once a week scheduled flights to Toronto Canada with a flag stop in Ottawa Canada.. That same month they inaugurated four daily flights between the east and west coasts. At that time (1944) VR-3 was the first naval unit to have a WAVE (female sailor) assigned when Link trainers were obtained.
This would make a great addition to any WWII collection!
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