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Mialo
16th Mar 2002, 18:45
Can some please explain why some pilots/airlines think wearing epaulettes on your rain coat is really necessary, apart from giving the rest of us something to laugh at. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

HugMonster
16th Mar 2002, 21:02
Never been entirely sure what people have against it.... .. .One reason for it, possibly, is so you can recognise the Captain before he takes his coat off? Or do you go up to them and ask them all to roll their sleeves up? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

Bird Strike
16th Mar 2002, 23:01
Mmmm I thought this thread was about a flasher pilot! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .Seriously, I heard that some companies insist the pilots must wear them on overcoats / raincoats etc, so it may not be the pilots' fault.

Firestorm
17th Mar 2002, 01:03
I agree - epaulettes on raincoats looks silly (but you can avoid the training captains at 100 paces). My solution (as the company would prefer that I wore my epaulettes on my raincoat) is to always wear my hi-viz jacket over my raincoat. And it (is supposed) to stop ******** taxi drivers from running me over on the way to the car park. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, loves a smart arse!

NorthernSky
17th Mar 2002, 04:12
I take my hat off to those FOs and SFOs who wear epaulettes on their raincoats - as Ed Byrne would say, 'Now that's fierce ironic'! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

Send Clowns
17th Mar 2002, 06:51
I think it would be explained by the origin of the uniforms. They are derived from military uniforms, which have epaulettes on the coat. And to be picky and correct a common misapprehension, the epaulette is the piece of fabric incorporated in the garment to hold the rank slide, not the stripes themselves. Again, I refer you to the military for the terminology. Therefore the only way not to wear epaulettes would be to cut them off!. . . . <small>[ 17 March 2002, 10:09: Message edited by: Send Clowns ]</small>

G.Khan
17th Mar 2002, 14:47
Ever noticed that the people who most often ask about rank slides on overcoats have three bars or less? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />

fantom
17th Mar 2002, 15:08
they are one of the following:. .first real job; short (vertically challenged);newly promoted or just like to dress up.. .whichever, the collective noun is 'tosser'. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" />

Tinstaafl
17th Mar 2002, 21:48
I was wondering why the company issued me with 2 pairs of slides.. .. .I can only wear one pair on my shirt so now I know what the other pair is for... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

Roofus
17th Mar 2002, 21:58
*Puts on hard hat & body armour*. .. .Epaulettes on Rain Coats. Ah yes, that lovely breed of Plank Pilot. Not only that but some also feel the need to hang around the public areas of airports showing off their gold bar(s). & such beautiful hats! . .. .I mean no offence but.....Plank Pilots! &lt;sheesh&gt;. .. .I'm with fantom on this one! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" /> Although, as in any walk of life some of the plank guys are great blokes, except for flying planks of course! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

radeng
18th Mar 2002, 16:37
Epaulettes were originally a form of armour, meant to provide some protection to the shoulder when sword/cutlass/sabre fighting.