Trainees in an aerial classroom for a navigator training flight during World War II. The Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical is on the fuselage behind the head of the first seated trainee. One or more of these kits were commonly installed.
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All military aircraft carry first aid equipment. In the case of fighter or small bomber aircraft, the Packet, First Aid, Parachute was attached to the parachute webbing of each crew member. On larger aircraft, cargo planes, or aircraft carrying paratroopers, a one or more larger first aid kits were also installed on the aircraft for emergency use.
The Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical (Medical Department Item No. 9776500), shown closed above, was a canvas bag constructed with four lift the dot fastener (LTD) female connectors on its four corners. LTD studs were permanently attached to the aircraft fuselage bulkhead so the First Aid Kit could be easily snapped down or pulled off for use.
The Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical was issued in a series of patterns. Early in World War II the kit was made of khaki canvas, had a zipper around three sides to fully open the kit, and was marked with a red cross on the left front plus the nomenclature, "Kit, First Aid, Aeronautic, US" in block letters to the right front (photo, left). A later pattern, shown in the large photos above and below this section, was of olive drab canvas, with the full zipper, marked only with "Medical Department, USA" in black block letters. A third pattern, believed to be the earliest one, was also khaki canvas, with a horizontal zipper that separated a smaller top compartment from a larger bottom compartment, not the three sided, full opening zipper of the others. Some models of the kit had a fabric carrying strap for use when dismounted from the wall.
Inside the bag of the Kit, First Aid, Aeronautical, the contents were held in divided compartments as seen in the photo below. The arrangement differed in the three patterns but all had multiple dividers for the contents packages plus a sleeve to store the instruments.
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