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RAF FLIGHT JACKET

Old 2nd Aug 2019, 23:28
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RAF FLIGHT JACKET

Is anyone else offended by this piece of TAT?

Apparently "Officially licensed by the Royal Air Force"

My main gripe is that it bears a set of RAF wings which should only be worn by those who have undertaken and passed an approved course of training. I fought hard to gain my wings and wear them with pride.


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Rather tacky, but that said nothing new, the kids Reds flying suits include it as well as rank slides.


https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/red-ar...ying-suit.html
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 05:44
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If I was one of the winged master race I wouldn't be happy at all.
Wings are earnt. Sometimes we wonder how but all the same they shouldn't be trivialised like this.

Edited to say: £130!! For an anorak?!
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 07:12
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Can you wear it with No 2 dress, or is it just for wear with flying kit?
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 07:14
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If I was one of the winged master race I wouldn't be happy at all.
Wings are earnt. Sometimes we wonder how but all the same they shouldn't be trivialised like this.

Edited to say: £130!! For an anorak?!
Yes, I guess that's exactly the sort of person it's aimed at.

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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 08:53
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I thought that the Armed Forces Act 2006 made the wearing of any military decoration, badge, wound stripe or emblem without authority a criminal offence?

And yes, I do find it offensive for Bradford Exchange to sell an article of clothing, which bears the RAF Flying Badge, to anyone not entitled to wear the badge.

Given that “RAF logos are trade marks of the UK Secretary of State for Defence and used under licence.”, according to the advertisement, who is actually 'licensing' misuse of the RAF Flying Badge in this manner?

This is even tackier though - the 'Red Arrows hoodie'....

https://www.bradford.co.uk/redarrowshoodedjacketbge.html?tid=325886&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIq ZLHjZ3m4wIVkfntCh0KRA6FEAEYASADEgKXEfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 09:58
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I agree it is proper tat (and expensive at that). The Pilot’s Flying Badge that is licensed by the MOD/RAF to suppliers is actually a facsimile of the real thing. Here is another example:



At the end of the day it will be worn by spotters and Walts - everyone will know that too.

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ng-information
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 11:26
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Flight jacket? Sounds American to me, we always referred to flying jackets, etc, in the RAF (or has that changed?)

I thought that the Armed Forces Act 2006 made the wearing of any military decoration, badge, wound stripe or emblem without authority a criminal offence?
I think you are correct, However back in the 70s I remember reading an officers' confidential order to the effect that officers were to desist from approaching and hassling civilians who were wearing RAF greatcoats, etc, as these had been sold through RAF surplus supplies, and the purchasers were fully entitled to wear them. Might have been different if they wear wearing wings, medal ribbons etc
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...and there would be open season on re-enactors groups and the like at "1940s Weekends" that are springing up all over the place.
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Can you wear it in the officers mess bar at the Friday night beer call?

If not, it can't be real flying gear.

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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 13:57
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Flight Jacket

I would hope that you'd be laughed at if you wore it anywhere on a RAF Station. God knows what the SWO would say!
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 14:14
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
Rather tacky, but that said nothing new, the kids Reds flying suits include it as well as rank slides.


https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/red-ar...ying-suit.html
Though the Reds are looking younger and younger to me these days, I don't think anyone's going to be confused by a seven year old in a red romper.
An adult wearing a set of wings is a different matter.
I'd be too embarrassed. I feel uncomfortable wearing sports kit that suggests a sporting prowess I don't possess!
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 14:27
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That's nothing compared to what the Italians have on offer. Some entire Air Force fashion brand:
https://www.aeronauticamilitareofficialstore.it/uk/
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 14:45
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WHAT are ‘they’ thinking of, approving this artificial tat?

My sympathy goes to my old friends, the winged master race, for the insult given by this.
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 15:47
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Personally, I think people can, (and will) wear what they want. I’m not going to take offence - Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 15:59
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Totally agree; it's a piece of tat but if folks want to strut about in it so what.

If that's all we've got to complain about in the world.

My wife has been known to wander about in a Scotland rugby shirt - is that offensive to you folks? She did get mistaken for an international prop once but that's another story..
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 16:15
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They let a civilian wear Navy Wings of Gold in the movies.


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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 19:52
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For heavenís sake if only some people could get over themselves. Itís really quite unlikely that some middle-aged enthusiast would be mistaken for an RAF pilot. Keep in mind stuff like this sells because people admire and respect the RAF; why turn that into a negative?
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 20:12
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i completely agree. The fact that this ‘flight jacket’ looks utter hoop anyway and is uber expensive, means that I doubt it will be a best seller. It kind of reminds me of AT’s rubbish “RAF Clothing Collection” - that was also a total load of [email protected]

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ion-label.html

I think I only ever saw Clarkson in one of those awful jackets shown above with a RAF Pilot Flying Badge on it.


Still it got AT to 3-star!
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 20:18
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Here is Clarkson in one of those awful jackets...


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