- The flight jacket, or bomber jacket is a garment originally created for
pilots, which eventually became part of popular culture and apparel. In the
First World War most airplanes did not have an enclosed cockpit, which
necessitated a garment that could keep pilots sufficiently warm.
- Mend or strengthen (fabric or an item of clothing) by putting a piece of
material over a hole or weak point in it
- (patch) to join or unite the pieces of; "patch the skirt"
- Correct, enhance, or modify (a routine or program) by inserting a
- (patch) spot: a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a
leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of
- Place a patch over (a good eye) in order to encourage a lazy eye to
- (patch) plot: a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation; "a bean
plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch"
Instructor Patch, Beale AFB, SR-71, U2R, TR-1A
This is the PSD patch, worn by SR-71 and U2R
support personnel from the Physiological Support Division. The PSD personnel are
the technicians who maintain the survival equipment, parachutes and Full
Pressure Suits for the Reconnaissance Programs. PSD personnel also dress and
undress pilots and RSOs, escort and integrate them into the aircraft system, and
recover the flight upon termination. The PSD facility also contained the flight
Kitchen, where a high protein, low residue meal was served before all missions
to the crews. PSD personnel are recognized by their WHITE uniforms and
(sometimes) Nomex flight jackets, at Beale they wore bright blue ball caps
marked with a yellow PSD on the front. The white PSD vans (with a red stripe on
each side) were used to bring the crews to the aircraft, all the while
maintaining a close watch on their health. PSD was a part of the Hospital
Squadron, and operated the Hyper and Hypo-baric Chambers, parachute
swing-landing trainer, and provided survival training and ejection training to
the crews. The OIC of PSD was usually a Colonel, and a Flight Surgeon. PSD had
125-135 personnel assigned from the Aircrew Life Support, and Physiological
Training career fields. Training for certification at PSD took a full year, and
the Special Experience identifier X399 was appended to the technician's AFSC
upon completion. PSD assignments were locked under Code 41 and Code 52, for 3
and 5 years, requiring an extension of service to accept the assignment.
VMA-311 Vietnam Era Patch
This is the Vietnam era re-production patch of
VMA-311 Tomcats. The Tomcats were flying A-4 Skyhawk during the Vietnam conflict
and the original design of this patch was brought to local embroidery shop in
Japan by a marine. This patch was not specifically an official squadron patch
but called as the "Friday Patch" or "Party Patch". Those patches were sewn on
flight jackets of crew. "Screw with the Cat and get the claw" Yikes!