Green military flight suit worn by Jesse E. Wrice Jr.

Manufactured by
Equa Industries, Inc.
Worn by
Lieutenant Colonel Wrice, Jesse E. Jr., American
Subject of
United States Marine Corps, American, founded 1775
Medium
a: synthetic fiber, Velcro (TM), and metal;
b: ink on leather and Velcro (TM);
c: synthetic fiber, thread, and Velcro (TM)
Dimensions
H x W x D ((a) on form): 57 1/2 × 25 × 16 in. (146.1 × 63.5 × 40.6 cm)
H x W ((a) flat): 59 × 20 1/2 in. (149.9 × 52.1 cm)
H x W x D (b): 4 × 2 × 1/8 in. (10.2 × 5.1 × 0.3 cm)
H x W x D (c): 3 7/8 × 3 7/8 × 1/8 in. (9.8 × 9.8 × 0.3 cm)
Type
coveralls
military uniforms
insignias
Date
1984-1997
Description
A green military flight suit (a) worn by Jesse E. Wrice Jr. as a US Marine Corps naval aviator captain with two Velcro patches (b,c). The sage green jump suit has a rounded collar, full-length sleeves and ankle-length legs, and is made from the synthetic fabric aramid. The jump suit closes at the center front with a sage green zipper that reaches from the front crotch to the neck, with two pulls so it can be zipped or unzipped from either direction. The zipper pull tab is sage green aramid. A self-fabric waistband is covered in the back with an additional length of fabric and attaches with Velcro™ at each front side of the waist for an adjustable fit. The sleeve cuffs have adjustable Velcro™ closures. The legs of the jump suit taper to the ankle, with a ten (10) inch concealed zipper on each front ankle. The back of the jump suit has two deep pleats, one at each back shoulder just inside the armhole seam. There are eight (8) exterior pockets on the jump suit: one (1) inset pocket on the left front side chest and one (1) inset pocket on the right front side chest, both with concealed diagonal zipper closures; one (1) patch pocket on the proper left arm just above the elbow with a concealed zipper closure on the proper right side; one small (1) pocket attached to the outside of the left arm patch pocket with a top flap Velcro™ closure and stitched borders for holding writing implements; one (1) patch pocket on the front proper right knee with a concealed zipper top closure; one (1) patch pocket on the front proper left knee with a concealed zipper proper right side closure; one (1) cargo pocket on the exterior of the left leg above the ankle, and one (1) cargo pocket on the exterior of the right leg above the ankle, both with concealed zipper top closures. Also on the proper left knee is a knife pocket with a snap closure. A length of thin white cord is wound around the snap closure of the knife pocket. The flight suit is not lined. There is a self-fabric hanger loop at the interior center back neck. Beneath the hanger loop is a manufacturer's tag with size, style, fiber content, and care instructions typed on it.
A black leather identifying badge (b) is attached with Velcro to the proper left breast of the jump suit. Stamped in silver ink on the leather is the insignia for US naval aviators above the text "J. E. WRICE, JR. / CAPT USMC".
A round squadron patch (c) is attached with Velcro to the proper right breast of the jump suit. The patch is made from the green aramid fabric used for the jump suit, with a rayon embroidered design featuring a hammerhead shark jumping out of the ocean and around a helicopter. Text above the picture reads "HMH-366" and text below it reads "HAMMERHEADS".
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Military
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Lt. Col. Jesse E. Wrice, Jr. USMC (ret.)
Object number
2015.201.3a-c
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Awards and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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