RAF Foul Weather Jacket

Like all the other services, the RAF issue waterproof coats for its personnel working in wet and windy weather. A foul weather jacket in blue grey was issued from the 1990s until the widespread introduction of Goretex fabrics and it is this jacket we are considering tonight:imageThis coat has a concealed zip up the front, covered with a Velcro fly:imageNote also the small zipped pocket alongside the main zip fastener. Two further patch pockets are provided on the skirts of the garment, with flaps to each:imageA centrally mounted tab for a rank slide is fitted to the front of the jacket:imageThe collar is designed to be worn down, however a Velcro tab is provided that allows the collar to be drawn up and secured around the neck in particularly bad weather:imageTo aid in keeping the wearer warm, hidden elasticated cuffs are provided:imageA label is sewn into the inside of the jacket giving sizing and stores number etc:imageThis example is quite small and almost certainly belonged to a cadet. Cadet units have continued to use these coats long after the main RAF had upgraded to more modern designs. A full list of sizings is:

8415-99-978-7280 160/90

8415-99-978-7588 170/96

8415-99-978-7589 170/104

8415-99-978-7590 170/112

8415-99-978-7591 180/96

8415-99-978-7592 180/104

8415-99-978-7593 180/112

8415-99-978-7594 190/120

It was official policy to continue issuing these jackets to cadets whilst stocks lasted so they had something to wear in bad weather, even if it wasn’t the latest pattern of foul weather jacket. The jacket is commonly called a ‘Jeltex’ and seems to get most use at camps and for remembrance day parades. The following illustrations from the RAF Cadet’s dress regulations show the jacket being worn by both male and female cadets:CaptureCapture1

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