It's rare to see a complete uniform these days, and even rarer to find the crusher hat with it. This is a great buy.
- Fact 1: This is the WWII-era uniform of the US Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the modern Air Force.
- Fact 2: This uniform's hat is a rare surviving example of the "crusher" style, which could be worn comfortably with radio headsets and folded to fit in a pocket.
- Fact 3: The US Army Air Service (later, Air Corps) was created during WWI, and debate raged within military circles over making it independant. The Air Force became its own force in 1947.
- Fact 4: Army and Navy officials worked together to keep the Air Corps auxilliary to the more traditional forces throughout the early 20th century. Infighting continued until the onset of WWII.
- Fact 5: The price tag still attached to this uniform's hat brim reads $7.50. In WWII, as today, officers were expected to buy their own uniforms.