A man’s military tropical uniform as worn by a Group Captain in the RAF. It is not possible to date this uniform precisely as the uniform has not changed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

The uniform is made of stone colour cotton to make it cooler to wear when stationed in hot climates. It would have been worn in some of the following destinations:  Cyprus, United States, Hong Kong, Australia and Belize.

Badges, flying qualifications and ribbons would be attached to the uniform by the pocket. It has RAF Staybrite buttons so that these remain shiny and do not require polishing.  Each button bears the Queen Elizabeth II’s Crown.  The stripes on each shoulder show this uniform is for the rank of Group Captain.  This uniform is known as the No.6 service dress.

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Date 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
Material(s) Cotton
Item number MBPO215

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I remember wearing this uniform in an extremely hot, humid & wet Belize.  Also, flight training for Red Flag exercises in Nevada – Mark

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