Aircrew Wear

As you progress in Civil Air Patrol and ready to fly as a Scanner, Observer, and Pilot, the Nomex flight suit is necessary wear for Aircrew.
The following is information on aircrew gear. IMPORTANT see the unofficial GUIDE on Flight Suit wear. Also see the CAP Uniform Manual – CAPM 39-1.

*** Important – check the sizing chart guide as US Military sizes are different!


1. Flight Suit
a. Sage Green – CWU-27P – Must be Nomex/Aramid Fiber. Your first Flight Suit does not have to be brand new and $200.
b. The best eBay site is Colonel T’s Supply with new and used flight gear well under $100.00 – Click Here.
c. Or click Here for an eBay search.
d. Vanguard – $207 – Click Here
e. Gibson & Barnes – $208 – Click Here
f. eBay – surplus – $20 to $75. Make sure it is a CWU-27/P, and there is a picture of the issue tag. Note some flight suits are being sold on eBay and they are made of Nylon. Make sure you do not purchase these as they are not approved.

2 . Flight Jacket Nomex/Aramid Fiber (optional)
a. USAF Stock number CWU-36/P Summer or CWU-45P Winter
b. A good eBay site is Colonel T’s Supply – Click Here.
c. eBay – CWU-36/P or CWU-45/P

3. Flight Jacket non-Nomex/Aramid (optional)
a. SAGE GREEN FLIGHT JACKET – Orange lining (Not Nomex)
b. Vanguard – Click Here – $35.00

4. Boots:
a. To be considered a flight boot, boots must be made of all-leather uppers that come above the ankles (the higher the better) and must be constructed so that metal parts, such as shoestring eyes or zippers, do not contact the wearer’s skin. Non-leather boots must be flight approved in accordance with U.S. military standards for aviation use.
b. Big 5 Sporting Goods
c. Alameda Army Navy surplus – 2500 Embarcadero, Unit E, Oakland, CA. 510-261-5152
d. Or click Here for eBay search.



e. On the right is an example of an approved non-leather flight boot (Belleville 770)
f. Click here to purchase from Belleville or shop around – $125.00 to $155.00.


5. Flight Gloves – Useful for winter flying (Optional)
a. Can be purchased from Flightsuits.com or found on eBay.



The following are the insignia for wear on the Flight Suit (affectionately known as the Bag)


6. CIVIL AIR PATROL – LEATHER NAME PATCH – CIVIL AIR PATROL – LEATHER NAME PATCH
a. Rank – Senior member SR MBR until completion of Form 5 or Observer, or six months with conditions. Rank thereafter pending approval from Commander is VFR – 2D LT, IFR/Commercial – 1ST LT, CFI/ATP – CAPT
b. If you are a pilot and will be taking the Form 5 within six month, order the patch with the pilot wings and cover them with a piece of black electrical tape, otherwise order MISSION SCANNER and and cover that with black electrical tape. DO NOT WEAR GRADE OR RATINGS THAT YOU HAVE NOT EARNED.
c. Vanguard – Click Here – $8.80.

7. CIVIL AIR PATROL PATCH – CALIFORNIA WING PATCH
a. Vanguard – Click Here – $1.95.

8. CIVIL AIR PATROL – PLASTIC ENCASED RANK
a. 2D LIEUTENANT PLASTIC INSIGNIA
b. CIVIL AIR PATROL – 1ST LIEUTENANT PLASTIC INSIGNIA
c. CIVIL AIR PATROL – CAPTAIN PLASTIC INSIGNIA
d. Vanguard – Click Here – $6.60 TO $7.70.
e. Note that some members sew Velcro onto the rank and the flight suit.



9. CIVIL AIR PATROL COMMAND PATCH
a. Vanguard – Click Here – $3.15.

10. AMERICAN FLAG – 2″ X 3″ WITH GOLD MERROWED EDGE AND HOOK CLOSURE
a. Vanguard – Click Here – $3.35.

11. FLIGHTCAP DEVICE SENIOR MEMBER/OFFICER
a. Vanguard – Click Here – $4.60.

12. Male Senior Member Flight Caps (for men)
a. Vanguard – Click Here – $16.50.



13. Female Senior Member Flight Caps (for Women)
a. Vanguard – Click Here – $16.50.

14. Sage Green Velcro can be purchased from FlightSuits.com.

Cost Matrix:

Items/Cost

Low

Medium

High

Flight Suit

$20

$50

$200

Boots

$20

$50

$145

Badges

$25

$25

$25

Flight Cap

$21

$21

$21