RAF 1950s Cold Weather Ventile Ground Crew Parka

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RAF 1950s Cold Weather Ventile Ground Crew Parka
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1950’s British RAF Ventile Cold Weather Ground Crew Parka

Quite simply, parka coats do not come any better than a 1950’s RAF Ventile parka made from Ventile cotton. They are one of the most sought after and rarest parka coats on the planet.

Ventile Cotton

Back in the 1940’s, the RAF were losing an alarming amount of pilots to the freezing oceans. A plane would go down and pilots would simply freeze to death before help could arrive. The RAF needed a new revolutionary fabric that would keep the pilots alive long enough for help to get to them. The Shirley Institute in Manchester was formed in the 1920’s with the sole purpose of researching cotton production methods. The RAF turned to the Shirley Institute and tasked them with producing a new form of woven cotton that would repel water. Extra Long Staple cotton fibres are used to produce a low twist yarn which is then woven tightly with high density to produce Ventile cotton. There is no special protective coating involved. Simply the dense weave and the fact that the cotton fibres swell when wet provides a waterproof barrier. From the Ventile cotton was borne RAF pilot immersion suits and other protective clothing such as the Ground crew parka.

Pilots Surviving the Seas

The RAF found that the new Ventile fabric was keeping their pilots alive for an extra 20 to 30 minutes whilst plunged in the sea and this vital amount of time was enough for rescue services to arrive and save a pilots life.

Ventile Used In Fashion

Today Ventile cotton is a registered trademark and used only in high quality, top end fashion coats and jackets. It is costly to acquire and you can be sure of a quality long lasting weather proof garment whenever Ventile cotton is used.

RAF 1950’s Ventile Parka

Due to the extremely high production costs, the 1950’s ground crew parka was only issued in limited quantities and is therefore extremely rare. Each parka features wool interlining which is sandwiched between two layers of Ventile cotton. The hood is lined with super soft sheep shearling and trimmed with wolverine fur. Frost will not form on wolverine fur so it is of the highest quality for parka hood purposes. The Ventile parka is fitted with heavy duty NZ zippers, wooden toggles for hood size adjustment, a waist metal buckle for tightness when fastening, a left sleeve pen / pencil pocket, two deep hand pockets and a left deep chest pocket which is a beautiful touch to these wonderful parka coats. The American M-1948 fishtail parka is a truly beautiful top end parka quality wise, but in my opinion, the 1950’s RAF Ventile parka is simply the best parka coat ever produced. The RAF Ventile parka was produced in a dark shade of green and grey.  Although both are very rare to find, the grey version is somewhat rarer and seen less.

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1950’s British RAF Ventile Cold Weather Ground Crew Parka

Quite simply, parka coats do not come any better than a 1950’s RAF Ventile parka made from Ventile cotton. They are one of the most sought after and rarest parka coats on the planet.

Ventile Cotton

Back in the 1940’s, the RAF were losing an alarming amount of pilots to the freezing oceans. A plane would go down and pilots would simply freeze to death before help could arrive. The RAF needed a new revolutionary fabric that would keep the pilots alive long enough for help to get to them. The Shirley Institute in Manchester was formed in the 1920’s with the sole purpose of researching cotton production methods. The RAF turned to the Shirley Institute and tasked them with producing a new form of woven cotton that would repel water. Extra Long Staple cotton fibres are used to produce a low twist yarn which is then woven tightly with high density to produce Ventile cotton. There is no special protective coating involved. Simply the dense weave and the fact that the cotton fibres swell when wet provides a waterproof barrier. From the Ventile cotton was borne RAF pilot immersion suits and other protective clothing such as the Ground crew parka.

Pilots Surviving the Seas

The RAF found that the new Ventile fabric was keeping their pilots alive for an extra 20 to 30 minutes whilst plunged in the sea and this vital amount of time was enough for rescue services to arrive and save a pilots life.

Ventile Used In Fashion

Today Ventile cotton is a registered trademark and used only in high quality, top end fashion coats and jackets. It is costly to acquire and you can be sure of a quality long lasting weather proof garment whenever Ventile cotton is used.

RAF 1950’s Ventile Parka

Due to the extremely high production costs, the 1950’s ground crew parka was only issued in limited quantities and is therefore extremely rare. Each parka features wool interlining which is sandwiched between two layers of Ventile cotton. The hood is lined with super soft sheep shearling and trimmed with wolverine fur. Frost will not form on wolverine fur so it is of the highest quality for parka hood purposes. The Ventile parka is fitted with heavy duty NZ zippers, wooden toggles for hood size adjustment, a waist metal buckle for tightness when fastening, a left sleeve pen / pencil pocket, two deep hand pockets and a left deep chest pocket which is a beautiful touch to these wonderful parka coats. The American M-1948 fishtail parka is a truly beautiful top end parka quality wise, but in my opinion, the 1950’s RAF Ventile parka is simply the best parka coat ever produced. The RAF Ventile parka was produced in a dark shade of green and grey.  Although both are very rare to find, the grey version is somewhat rarer and seen less.

Delivery

The majority of orders are dispatched within 2 - 3 days. Please allow up to 7 working days for customised orders.

Delivery Times UK, EU, and Worldwide

OK few notes on delivery times etc, as stated clearly we aim to dispatch the majority of all orders within 2 to 3 days of receipt of payment. Specific customisation work may mean that the order can take up to 7 days prior to dispatch. Please contact us if you should need to discuss.

UK Mainland | Our courier is DPD who provide a Next Day delivery service for all UK Mainland orders. You will receive a dispatch text message, or email with a one hour delivery window notification.

UK Off Shore & Scottish Highlands | We use Royal Mail Special Next Day delivery for all Off Shore orders under 2kg. Above 2kg have to be sent via DPD.

EU Orders | are sent via DPD and should arrive with you within 2 to 4 days once the order is dispatched. You will receive a dispatch email from DPD with tracking information.

WW Orders Under 2kg | orders under 2kg in weight are sent via Royal Mail as long as the destination offers a fully tracked service. If not, we send via a courier service and sometimes it necessary to contact the customer for any difference in price owed. Delivery times for Royal Mail are normally 5 to 7 days. Courier service delivery times are normally 2 to 3 days.
WW Orders 2kg & Above | All orders over 2kg are sent via UPS, or TNT and only take 2 to 5 days for USA, Austrailia etc. The service is fully tracked.

Returns

All goods must be returned in the same new condition has they were dispatched. No refunds will be issued for goods returned that are deemed to be in a poor condition. If we are unable to sell the returned item(s) then we will not issue a refund. Any tags should be left intact and the goods should not be worn out. We have had several parka coats returned recently absolutely stinking of smoke. This is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Goods smelling of smoke are no longer in new condition and cannot be sold. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR ITEMS RETURNED SMELLING OF SMOKE.

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