Pre-World War Two Pattern, Early Attributed RAF Officers Visor Cap.
This Early Attributed RAF Officers Visor Cap, dates to inter-war to early ww2. An opportunity to own a scarce, early attributed RAF officers visor cap. A blue grey crown, body and stiffened peak and black mohair band with nice Kings Crown bullion embroidered RAF officers cap badge. Black leather chinstrap secured by two plain black standard pattern buttons. Internal brown leather sweatband and blue silk concentric quilted lining, green underside peak and unusually trimmed with black velvet between the peak and the sweatband. Makers label of, Austin Reed, Regent Street, London. This Early Attributed RAF Officers Visor Cap still maintains a great shape.
Size: 6 7/8 UK. Size: 7 US.
NB: This Early Attributed RAF Officers Visor Cap belonged to Flight Lieutenant “later Wing Commander” Gordon Butler Iles who designed and developed the Silloth Trainer (Flight Simulator).
The Silloth Trainer: was designed for the training of all members of air crew, and was primarily a type familiarization trainer for learning drills and the handling of malfunctions. As well as the basic flying behaviour, all engine, electric and hydraulic systems were simulated. An instructor’s panel, was provided to enable monitoring of the crew and malfunction insertion. All computation was pneumatic, as in the Link Trainer. Silloth trainers were manufactured for 2 and 4 engined aircraft throughout the war; in mid-1945. 14 of these trainers were in existence or on order. Towards the end of the war a Wellington simulator was developed at RAF St. Athan, using contoured cams to generate the characteristics of the aircraft’s flight and engines. This machine, however, did not supplant the Silloth Trainer, as all activity on these ceased at the end of the war. The Silloth Trainer was the Forerunner of today’s Highly complex and professional Flight Simulators used by aircraft operators throughout the world, be it Commercial or Military. Some research papers come with this Early Attributed RAF Officers Visor Cap.
Wing Commander Gordon Butler Iles 1908-1983.