USAF Pilot Survival Vest: Part 1

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A tour of one version of an actual and current USAF Pilot Survival vest by Nutnfancy. In this four part series I go over the non-classified items in the vest and impart a little philosophy as I go. The vest itself is made by Ultimate Survival Technologies (Air Ace™ Survival Vest with SnapTrack™ ) and is an outstanding, functional design. It has numerous pouches that can be configured in a variety of secured locations. Note that each item is also ‘baggied’ for moisture resistance and tethered to the vest for security. Strong points of this particular vest are its signaling and communication capabilities. This vest shows a basic loadout which is often supplemented by GPS units pre-loaded for theater, extra ammo, cold weather supplies, and other items. Several improvements to this vest could include: a medium sized fixed blade survival knife (like the KaBar Utility Knife, the Ontario RAT-7, or Fallkniven A1), better flashlight (like Streamlight TL-2 or Scorpion LED), better multi-tool (like Leatherman Charge), better water storage devices, inclusion of Trioxane fire starter, double mag pouch for M9 pistol, CamelBak system, and an emphasis on lightening the overall carry weight. However upgrading the items in a USAF vest like this is often limited by scarce command/unit funding and the military supply system (NSN) that often excludes the best and most suitable gear.

NOTE: Apologies for the low quality of this video. New camera with new settings, didn’t turn out so well but I just can re-do the whole series: way too much work and not enough time!

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