The United States Navy Mark 2 pneumatic life vest was was standard issue for naval aviators and aircrews in the late 1940s and saw continuous use throughout the Vietnam War.
United States Navy (USN) Mark 2 pneumatic lift vest; yellow rubberized fabric with rubber air bladders; 2 front pockets for C02 gas canisters; 2 dye markers packets and shark replent in olive drab packet; attached strobe light on right shoulder; black rubber manual inflation tube on left shoulder; one lower equipment pounch on front bladder; whistle on lanyard on left breast; 2 steel snaps down front; yellow nylon draw straps; black stencil letter text "BUAER U.S.N." on back panel.
This particular vest is dated May 1959 and was manufactured by Rubber Fabricators Inc. Serial no: 9646
A very rare piece of USN military history!
Armpit to Armpit: 17”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 15."
Total Length: 19”
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*Please note, all of our items are vintage and used and will naturally have some wear. We think it all just adds to the piece’s charm. We’ll always do our best to properly document any obvious imperfections.
**Colors may vary slightly between photos on screen and actual piece.