Difference between men and women Nomex flight suit

Difference Between Men’s and Women’s 27/P Flight Suits

We love to see the Airforce draped in their full flight suit and gear, but their functions go beyond the looks. Besides being a cool-looking outfit, the flight suits serve to protect the pilots against hazards such as fires and electric arcs. They are coated with a flame-resistant material, Nomex, which shields them from burns should a fire occur. Both male and female fighter pilots use the CWU 27/P Nomex Flight Suit when flying.  These suits are designed and manufactured in the United States under the provisions of the Berry Amendment.

Traditionally all the CWU 27/P Nomex Flight Suits came as unisex with designs loosely based on specifications and measurements of male flight suits. Female aviators had to put them on, but this meant that some did not fit as well as they did for their male counterparts. Thankfully, Carter industries has designed and developed 27/P women’s flight suits for female aviators from the ground up. They share the same Nomex flight suit construction, only that these are designed to fit the female anatomy better. For example, the women’s flight suits have real women measurements for the hips and chest areas to accommodate different size hips and chests.

Women Nomex Flight Suit, CWU 27/P design.

Just like the male Nomex flight suit, the female flight suit comes as a coverall with a slide fastener front closure, bi-swing back, shoulder patches, hanger loop, loop fastener nameplate, hook and look tape adjustment tabs around the waist and sleeve. The lower leg fastener is also of the slide type. The front closures’ beaded edges are supported by a protective fly. Waist adjustments have an elastic webbing under the back belt casing, and the two slanted breast pockets are also standard. Furthermore, there is one combination utility pocket with pencil compartments, a pencil pocket flap on the left upper sleeve, and two thigh pockets. The left thigh has a knife pocket strengthened with a lanyard and two further pockets in the lower leg. All pockets have slide fastener covers with the exception of the knife pocket.

These suits are still available as Type I and Type II, which are differentiated by the length of the opening for the front zipper. The Type I has a shorter zipper that only reaches the further pockets inseam, while the Type II Nomex flight suit zipper opening goes beyond the inseam stretching into the seat seam.

Carter Industries 27/P Nomex flight suits are made for the USA army, but you could also buy one if you wanted to. The military asks for bulk orders for these flight suits; hence there is always stock on hand to sell too.  The solution-dyed Nomex fabric is fade-resistant and provides sufficient flame resistance protection to aircrews. It is Near Infra-Red (NIR) compliant, which means it will mask your body heat against night vision devices but still remains comfortable and breathable.

The USA defense forces prefer them because they fit perfectly, thanks to having an adjustable waist belt. That said, you can get a better fit for women now, thanks to the available women’s flight suits. The will fits women’s bodies better than the unisex suits. For women’s flight suits, you can find them with the favored hip, thigh, ankle, and chest measurements to make them comfortable for any body size. Not to forget that there are also adjustable waist straps to get them as snug and comfortable as possible. With the choices between Type I and Type II suits available, any women’s body size can fit into it.

The functional six primary pockets make it as utilitarian as possible, and the durable and fade-free quality means aircrews can wear them long into the future.

The 27/P Fight Suit and G-Suit Used by Fighter Pilot

The 27/P Fight Suit and G-Suit Used by Fighter Pilot

 

You like the look of a pilot in full flight suit and gear, but no matter how cool they look, the uses of these clothes go far beyond just that. Besides being a nice uniform outfit, Aircrews wear a flight suit because it protects against dangers associated with flash fires and electric arcs. The hazards include intense heat and fires. Fighter pilots use the CWU 27/P Nomex Flight Suit manufactured by in the USA following the Berry Amendment.

Safety features.

These suits are made with a durable flame-resistant Nomex construction and temperature-resistant material up to 300°C (572°F.)  In the heat of battle, these suits also provide an extra layer of protection by being NIR compliant, whereby the suit’s construction helps it mimic ambient radiation, rendering the pilots invisible to infra-red radar and UV light – it is the literal cloak of invisibility. This is good for night battles and good protection against heat-seeking armaments.

Functionality

Flight suits are supposed to withstand hard usage in their lifetime. Wear and tear or obsolesce shouldn’t be a problem they are prone to, and thus, functionality is a priority when making them. To start with, the CWU 27/P Nomex Flight Suit is made to fit, and the adjustable waist belt makes it easy to get an individual fit for any body shape. Each flight suit comes with six conveniently placed primary pockets and helpful 2-way zippers for ease of dressing up and dressing down. This also comes in handy when you have to use a relief tube. Lastly, these suits are resistant to fading thanks to the solution-dyed military spec Normex fabric.

G-suits

A flight suit’s design is all about pilot safety and comfort.  They are tough and rugged, and they have constantly evolved for the specific use cases of pilots. But perhaps the most niche outfit pilots wear is a G-suit. G-suits are worn by aircrews and astronauts who encounter intense acceleration forces(g). They are made to prevent gravity-induced lack of consciousness—g-LOC and blacking out in flight. These are real dangers in flight because the inertia from high acceleration will cause blood to shift to lower parts of the body, depriving the head of much-needed oxygen supply. G-LOC and blacking out have caused a significant number of fatal accidents.

G-suits help with staying in control.

G-suits are made from the same materials as flight suits, only that their functionality is a bit different. To prevent temporary hypoxia (oxygen deprivation of the brain), a G-suit makes it possible to stand high g-forces without excessive physical fatigue. Hypoxia affects the body in phases. It starts with a dimming of vision, which turns to a blackout and eventually g-LOC.  After a high g-force acceleration pull, there is a period of temporary spatial disorientation before full consciousness is regained. This is the most dangerous part of a flight hence G-suits. On average, a G-suit will increase a person’s tolerance by 1g, but in aerial combat, it is the tolerance and the ability to stay in control that matters the most. Pilots will still need high g training exercises to withstand incredible g-forces during acceleration, but with a G-suit, they have an added advantage.

A G-suit’s design

G-suits mostly look like tight-fitting trousers.  Depending on the design, they can be worn under or on top of the flight suit. They have a pressurized inflatable bladder that applies pressure on the legs if their sensors are activated in a high g-force maneuver. This pressure prevents blood from draining away from the brain. In modern aircraft, they work with other anti-g devices like partial pressure breathing to improve g-tolerance. You will find liquid-filled bladders or air-filled bladders, but that will depend on the modern aircraft and the national policy. For example, the Libelle suit used in the Eurofighter Typhoon is liquid-filled, while the US Air Force uses gas-filled bladder suits.