WWII US Army Air Force QAC Bomber Parachute Harness
QAC (Quick Attachable Chest) bomber aircrew US Army Air Force regulation parachute harness. Made before the end of 1942, when yellow and red colors groups were instuted to prevent mismatching of parachute packs in emergency. Early green painted hooks and rings. Back pad has "39980" part number stamped, matching the special pad designed for this parachute harness (page 21 of US Army Air Force Illustrated Catalogue, 1943) with snap-buttoned keepers. Traces of blue ink stamps on lower back leg straps. The harness has the fitting setting marked with the parachute riggers thread. Issued to B-17, B-24, B-25 or B-26 bombers aircrews were the use of a standard parachute was impractical. For instance gunners, flight engineers or bombardiers who have a cramped action station or need to perform their duties in different parts of the aircraft. Rare item in perfect condition. The leather jacket and life preserver aren't included. Perfect to complete a bomber aircrew display or add some oomph to the display of a leather flying jacket.