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bedsted
15th Jun 2016, 14:05
After you retire, do many of you keep your uniform for sentimental or other reasons?
I have kept mine for 15 years now but Iím thinking itís time it went.

Ancient Mariner
15th Jun 2016, 14:55
Only kept the trousers, bought in ummmm....1981. Using them as a yardstick in my perpetual attempts of losing weight. Not very successful I hasten to add. :sad:
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ETOPS
15th Jun 2016, 15:05
Had to return mine to stores - along with getting a list of "leaving" items signed off. Last item was ID pass and last pay was witheld until all items accounted for!!

As I was then on company property without an ID I was escorted out by security :eek:

Loose rivets
15th Jun 2016, 15:18
Mine were years hanging in the wardrobe. Finally, I thought, time to go. So off to Oxfam, one of the many charity shops on Frinton's 'Bond Street of Essex'. (9/11 hadn't happened quite yet.) Within a week or so, a pal said, why don't you go and fly for thingummy, all the young chaps are leaving and they need an old codger or five.

I dashed to Oxfam and it was still there, and no, they didn't charge me.

It wasn't long before I got a new uniform from a fine gentleman's clothing shop. Supreme quality. The company went belly up after 9/11 and now there was no point in hanging on to such things, and one could not sell them for security reasons. After a year or so I cut the jacket up and my new regime of dieting and hoofing along the beach may even see me sporting the trousies again.

FLCH
15th Jun 2016, 15:33
One of our old old captains on the verge of retiring, wanted to give back the old uniform to get credit on his last paycheck, company said no.

So next day he went to the bar at LAX (company HQ) and drank several beers in his uniform.

Makes for a good story, but pilots could get away with stuff like that 30+ years ago.

Pontius Navigator
15th Jun 2016, 17:00
EBay. Mess kit now in museum in Manston. No 1 still in wardrobe as asked to do Remembrance a year of so after retiring. Now getting in to if is a fond hope and it will find its way to a vintage shop.

Only ever had three No 1. The first, new, at initial training, second, 13 years later walking in to ISK anteroom was accosted by retiring pilot and told to by his No 1; it fitted and I did. Final one, 26 years later, I bought my predecessor' s when I relieved him on retiring. SD hats, managed with just 2.

reynoldsno1
16th Jun 2016, 02:05
Got rid of mine only a few months ago, though it's 20+ years since I left - went to a theatrical costume suplier

NutLoose
16th Jun 2016, 02:26
Still in the Wardrobe lol, hadn't the heart to ditch it, 31 yearish old lol. I even have my original 40 year old thunderbird jacket.... But we don't talk about that. They were at my mums when she left us a couple of years back and I thought if she had kept them all that time I hadn't the heart to ditch them

Trossie
16th Jun 2016, 09:06
Could be useful for 'fancy dress' or a scarecrow at some stage?

Union Jack
16th Jun 2016, 09:12
Could be useful for 'fancy dress' or a scarecrow at some stage?

Or for one's funeral or cremation....:hmm:

Jack

John Hill
16th Jun 2016, 10:04
If you would really like old unwanted aviation related uniforms to have a good home you could send them to me for our museum! One of our members does so enjoy donning his jacket which was worn by his late friend who had been a flying boat skipper (Solent 5 IIRC).

https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7006/26241886543_c7d8310492_k.jpg

However I can not be sure if this uniform dates to his Solent days.

In the same vein if you have any airline memorabilia, no matter how trivial, seek out a volunteer run aviation museum as folks like that are always seeking to amass a stash of items for possible future exhibits.

Pontius Navigator
16th Jun 2016, 11:32
John, my old man, a Master Mariner would stand on the bridge leaving port, resplendent in his jacket, gold rings, and uniform cap. Unseen, the Lovat green slacks and carpet slippers.

Cyber Bob
16th Jun 2016, 11:54
Keeping uniform? - could think of anything worse. Can't wait to get out of it. Most airlines insist that you return the uniform anyway nowadays and most companies have a dept which keeps watch on Ebay and the like looking for people trying to sell uniforms. There's a retired legacy skipper who lives near me who leaves his hat on the back parcel shelf for all to see.

Mr Oleo Strut
16th Jun 2016, 12:07
At the age of 72 I decided the time had come, so I took off my brass buttons, gold rings and cap badge, and consigned my uniform to oblivion and nostalgia.

Ancient Observer
16th Jun 2016, 12:21
My dad's Desert jacket (no insignia) was my daily wear when I was a student. I wore it out!

Mike6567
16th Jun 2016, 16:38
I still have dad's WW2 RAF uniform and his airline uniform. They don't take up much space in a spare room cupboard and I like having them.

yellowtriumph
16th Jun 2016, 17:30
Not a 'uniform' as such, but for over 35 years I used to wear a white shirt, tie, and black trousers every day to work. (not the same ones but you get the idea). My job in engineering support brought me into daily contact with many people many often needing my particular skills. Not many knew my name, and I was known as that smart bloke who always turns up in a shirt and tie. No-one else did.

The day after I retired I burnt the lot and sent photographic proof to my now ex-colleagues.

I still have my old school blazer badge. I was hoping to 'do' a then and now montage for the Friends Reunited website but of course it's too late now.

Pontius Navigator
16th Jun 2016, 17:37
Not a 'uniform' as such, but for over 35 years I used to wear a white shirt, tie, and black trousers every day to work.
Had a couple of computer engineers, always wore jacket and tie. My uniform was a short sleeved open neck shirt.

Last day I met them in their hotel for farewell meal. I wore jacket and tie; they wore short sleeved open neck shirts and casual jackets :)

engineer(retard)
16th Jun 2016, 17:41
Gave mine to a cadet WO aspiring for a commission but cash strapped for the uniform. Still have my greatcoat only because I haven't put it on eBay yet

G-CPTN
16th Jun 2016, 17:46
For most of my working life I wore a three-piece suit (matching waistcoat).

When I moved to work in Denmark, my new (to me) work colleagues commented that I 'must have some exceptionally smart clothes at home' - as their usual dress at work was extremely casual, and they changed into smart (and often formal) clothes when they returned home from work.

yellowtriumph
16th Jun 2016, 18:13
Had a couple of computer engineers, always wore jacket and tie. My uniform was a short sleeved open neck shirt.

Last day I met them in their hotel for farewell meal. I wore jacket and tie; they wore short sleeved open neck shirts and casual jackets :)
A bit of thread drift. The young men in the section used to complain quite regularly that they couldn't get girlfriends despite their best efforts - and I worked in an industry that attracted an awful awful lot of young attractive ladies, they were everywhere. The chaps were always smartly dressed and well groomed but since the style nowadays seems to be that there is no style then it was difficult for any of them to stand out from the crowd. In an effort for the young men around the building to look fashionable they actually all had the same 'young bloke in a bar chatting to his mates' look.

But me, well I have to admit the young ladies looked at me because I was different. I had my smart tie, white shirt and trousers. Hence my moniker of 'that bloke in the white shirt etc etc'. So that was my advice to the young lads, ditch the trendy top and jeans, drop the edgy haircut, wear a white shirt and tie and get yourself noticed. Worked for me, 35+ happy years with Mrs yt.

yellowtriumph
16th Jun 2016, 18:15
For most of my working life I wore a three-piece suit (matching waistcoat).

When I moved to work in Denmark, my new (to me) work colleagues commented that I 'must have some exceptionally smart clothes at home' - as their usual dress at work was extremely casual, and they changed into smart (and often formal) clothes when they returned home from work.
Did you cough and mutter "I'll be leaving you now sir" as you left the room. (Smiley!).

G-CPTN
16th Jun 2016, 19:01
Did you cough and mutter "I'll be leaving you now sir" as you left the room. (Smiley!).
Same procedure as last year (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boisQwkK7rs) . . .

Dinner for one (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinner_for_One).

I was unaware of this until we spent Christmas in Denmark - this was essential viewing.

rigpiggy
16th Jun 2016, 20:18
Cyber Bob

At least in Canada, most companies make you pay for your uniform"or at least half of it" Since I can't deduct it from my taxes, good luck in trying to get it from me, unless you pay me back

thing
16th Jun 2016, 22:34
I seem to remember keeping my SD hat when I finished in the mob as my son used to like wearing it when he was young. I had a stable belt that hung in the wardrobe for about forty years, finally chucked it out last year as it would be yet more junk for the kids to get rid of when I'm gone.

Stuff is just stuff, memories they can't take.

Cyber Bob
16th Jun 2016, 22:55
Rigpiggy, nowadays uniform issue is complimentary, (for many airlines) hence the need to hand it back. My point was geared towards those who hanker on wearing/using it post service. I can only speak for myself in that I can't wait to change out of the uniform at the earliest opportunity and wear clothes and fabric more comfortable
All the best
CB
PS, I'll gladly return the lot when I cash in

thing
16th Jun 2016, 23:05
My point was geared towards those who hanker on wearing/using it post service.Are you saying that some ex airline employees still wear their work clobber after retiring? Intriguing. Still, if it was free and it's still got some use left in it why not.

rotornut
16th Jun 2016, 23:08
My father was a captain in the Royal Canadian Artillery during WW2. I remember back in the sixties he showed me the well-worn jacket of his regiment. When I wanted to try it on: "No!" he insisted. "That's the Queen's uniform!"

Cyber Bob
16th Jun 2016, 23:13
Pretty sad if you can't let go. Do your time and say thank you, then move on. That's all I'm saying.

rotornut
16th Jun 2016, 23:22
OK, but if I had served under him in WW2 he wouldn't have done anything more than he asked me to do. A REAL SOLDIER.

thing
16th Jun 2016, 23:33
Pretty sad if you can't let go. Do your time and say thank you, then move on.

I used to think that, still do for me personally but people are different. Some like to hold on and while I used to have the 'move on' attitude I know now that it only applies to me and not everyone else. Each to their own.

Autobahnstormer
17th Jun 2016, 09:49
I'll never forget my Dad who quoth "Only job in the world where they take the watch off you when you retire". He still wears his shirts when he's working on his cars. I kept my rank tabs, but that's about it.

One Luftwaffe colleague was about to retire and asked if he could wear his uniform after he retired. He was asked by his command on what sort of occasions he expected to wear his uniform. His response - "Hitlers Birthday?" He was a bit of a character.

Autobahnstormer.