RAF Blue Grey Coveralls

We looked at an olive-green version of the RAF’s ground crew coverall last week, however this was not the only pattern of coverall in use and today we are looking at an alternative and rather snazzier version of the coverall in blue-grey: 

This pattern has a collar in a contrasting shade of dark blue: 

The same colour can be seen on the epaulettes: 

The coverall has a single slanted pocket on the chest with a Velcroed top flap: 

The design uses Velcro throughout to prevent small items such as buttons coming off and becoming drawn into an aircraft as FOD. The coverall has a single Royal Air Force patch sewn to the opposite breast: 

The standard label is sewn into the neck of the coverall: 

I have struggled to find much information on this item of workwear: although examples are easily available on the surplus market, even finding a photo of them being worn has proved challenging but I have found this image of an officer cadet wearing the coverall: 

One comment

  1. Ours were more the colour of the lettering on the RAF patch.
    We went from white, or rather ‘used to be white’ to blue after the DEU uniforms came in.
    Gleaming white ‘hurt your eyes in the sun’ coveralls were generally only worn for arriving dignitaries unless you happened to get a rare brand new pair issued and they didn’t stay white for long, a few hours maybe, it was easy to spot the non-workers 😉
    I never really liked wearing coveralls unless it strictly mandatory and rigidly enforced, I found the one piece fit annoying and like many others usually wore work dress or combat trousers, Sqn T-shirt/Ballcap and flight jacket instead.
    You’d often see people with the sleeves tied around their waists in the summer which I considered more hazardous than wearing a T-shirt and trousers instead.
    Unlike most, I preferred service dress uniform when I moved into an office job.

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