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.
Mortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3237 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5756 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...
Eaglekeeper101 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 272 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5452 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?
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L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29367 posts, RR: 61 Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5417 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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