Message 552, Jan 20, 2004
Hi Shark, Very useful information. The standard blue-green early 1960s hardshell size
medium had Sierra part no. 345-46, and from your information we learn that the white size
medium hardshell has 345-402. Looking forward to see the picture.
Message 548, Jan 20, 2004
My mask has the following label:
" Adapter & Harness Assembly , oxygen mask - ACEL PT NO. 33D1104-2 - STOCK NO. RL
8415 - LOO - 4366 - MEDIUM - SIERRA ENG. CO. , SIERRA MADRE, CALIF. CODE IDENT NO. 92114
PT NO. 345.402 CONTRACT NO. N156-40580 - US" internal round little stamp SH15 (I
suppose it is inspection stamp). Photos will follow.
Message 545, Jan 20, 2004
I Blue, I have a white Hardman shell, too. New w/green MS22001. Pics will be post asap.
Message 544, Jan 20, 2004
Hi Bloodhound, Good information that will allow us to fix the white gear in time. I have a
Sierra Engineering catalogue from 1961 showing an APH-6 helmet with a white Hardman shell
so the time span is at least 1961-1965 possibly 1967. Maybe we should collect pictures of
all the white gear that we know of? DocBoink has an all-white MS22001 oxygen mask and I
have recently seen a white harness on eBay.
Message 543, Jan 20, 2004
Bluelight & others: I've just heard back from my Vietnam A-4 jock contact regarding
the "Gallahad Suit." I know this is slightly off topic of the DH-101, but that's
where I started, and hopefully this will ad to the body of knowledge on the Navy Anti-Nuke
Flightgear. I asked the following questions, and got the following answers:
1) was everything white, including gloves, boots, g-suit, etc.? YES, EVERYTHING WAS WHITE.
2) did you wear a hood to protect neck, face, etc.? NO.
3) was each squadron issued 2 sets? YES, TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE
4) which years (from when to when) was that gear used? I USED MY GEAR A COUPLE OF TIMES
WHILE IN VA-86, 1965-1967. THERE WAS GREATER EMPHASIS ON SIOP BEFORE VIET NAM BECAME ALL
5) what other aircraft types used the gear? RA-5C, A-7? etc.? I SUSPECT THAT BOTH A-6 AND
A-7 COMMUNITIES MAY HAVE BEEN ISSUED SUCH GEAR, SINCE THEY WERE ALSO SIOP TASKED, BUT I
DON'T KNOW FOR SURE.
For what it's worth. These are answers from a guy who was there and is a legend in the USN
aviation community, so you can take this as gospel.