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Topic: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: Mortyman
Posted 2007-10-07 06:30:35 and read 7258 times.

Why are the Norwegian fighter pilots using orange suits ?

Is it incase of a crash over the North Sea that they are wearing them ? Easier to lookate for the salvage crew ?

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Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: Flyf15
Posted 2007-10-07 06:48:56 and read 7260 times.

I'd assume they consider the chances of needing to be rescued by friendly forces to be much greater than the chances of needing to hide from enemy forces.

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: CTR
Posted 2007-10-07 06:54:59 and read 7261 times.

If you want to be found you wear orange.

If you do not wish to be found you wear cammo.

Test pilots typically wear orange since they never fly over unfrendly territory.

Military pilots from Norway must believe they will always be flying over friendly terrritoy.

Have fun,

CTR

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: PADSpot
Posted 2007-10-07 07:01:02 and read 7260 times.

Quoting Flyf15 (Reply 1):
I'd assume they consider the chances of needing to be rescued by friendly forces to be much greater than the chances of needing to hide from enemy forces.



Quoting CTR (Reply 2):
If you do not wish to be found you wear cammo.

In German Air Force over-water-suits are olive/green. Maybe this is an Norwegian test pilot?

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: EBJ1248650
Posted 2007-10-07 08:06:39 and read 7260 times.

Quoting Mortyman (Thread starter):
Why are the Norwegian fighter pilots using orange suits ?

Is it incase of a crash over the North Sea that they are wearing them ? Easier to lookate for the salvage crew ?

Looking at the other responses to your question, I'd say this is peace time flight wear; in war time the pilots would likely wear camo' flight suits. Orange is worn so that the pilot can be more easily found by rescue teams if he has to eject from the airplane.

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: LMP737
Posted 2007-10-07 15:41:31 and read 7260 times.

When VF-114 based out of NAS Miramar was still around their pilots and RIO's wore orange flight suits when operating in the states.

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: Mir
Posted 2007-10-07 16:11:08 and read 7260 times.

I would figure that Norway doesn't have too many enemies in the world that they'd be flying over, so better to wear the orange in case of a mishap.

-Mir

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: Mortyman
Posted 2007-10-07 16:45:35 and read 7260 times.

It's basically only terrorist treats to our oil and gas installations in the North Sea that are potential treats in Norway these days.

However Norwegian fighters have also been flying in Afghanistan, supprting American and British troops onthe ground. Before that they have been in Kosovo. I sure hope they don't wear these orange suits in combat...

[Edited 2007-10-07 16:49:02]

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: Mandala499
Posted 2007-10-08 03:27:11 and read 7260 times.

Ah the orange flight suit... We use them over here for fighters during peace time...

- Fighters/Attack aircraft
Training and non combat mission: Orange
CAP & CIAS over insurgent territory: Camo
Over water CAP/ASuW Mission: Orange

- Transport
Routine Transport flight: Camo / office unif. Loadmaster sometimes orange... if he falls off an open rear door inflight, we want him to be found!
Overwater MP mission: Orange

- MP
All except overland recce missions are Orange, recce are camo.

- HeliTransport
Depends on territory not mission.

- Trainers
Orange

Those orange flight suits, when they put their G-Suit, it's Orange and Khaki! LOL
Those orange suits still help in finding bodies in a burnt out wreckage! *yucks*

Mandala499

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: Highlander0
Posted 2007-10-08 06:51:50 and read 7260 times.

RAF SAR crews wear orange and yellow immersion suits, but the flight crew wear the green 'growbags'.

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: Eaglekeeper101
Posted 2007-11-06 14:30:04 and read 6956 times.

After taking as good a look as is possible from the picture, my guess is that it is a plain-new survival suit in a gorgeous shade of orange. It would come in somewhat handy when flying from some of their more northern bases over water, where in wintertime the average lifespan floating in the water (post ejection) would be measured in minutes. As for the color - if it makes you easier to see in the water (in peacetime, of course), how bad can it be?

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: Dakar
Posted 2007-11-06 18:25:38 and read 6925 times.

If I was a pilot, I would be sure to not file my taxes. The IRS will be sure to find you!!

Nick

Topic: RE: Why The Orange Suits? - Norwegian Fighter Pilots
Username: L-188
Posted 2007-11-06 18:32:31 and read 6921 times.

Quoting CTR (Reply 2):
If you want to be found you wear orange.

Exactly, it is amazing how OD green water can be in the right conditions.

Quoting Highlander0 (Reply 9):
RAF SAR crews wear orange and yellow immersion suits, but the flight crew wear the green 'growbags'.

For the USCG it is blue with a grey leather rump.

I remember a story about the only USCG instructor on the C-130 at Little Rock AFB (Where all branches get their herk pilots trainded) and how everybody on the base refered to him as "Papa Smurf" due to the colors of his suit.


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