Nomex flying gloves : Lieutenant Commander G Lunn, Royal Australian Navy

Place Africa: Egypt, Frontier, Sinai
Accession Number REL29025.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Leather, Nomex
Maker Unknown
Place made United States of America
Date made c 1990s
Conflict Egypt [Sinai] (MFO), 1982-1986, 1993 -

Pair of size 9 olive green Nomex gloves with light green leather palm and lower fingers. The leather on both the palms and fingers of each glove are worn, exposing a blackened colour. On the gauntlet of each glove is handwritten in blue ink 'L'. Printed in white ink on the inside of each glove is the care details and size of the gloves.

History / Summary

Nomex is a fire retardant synthetic material designed and made in the United States. It was initially issued to American and Australian aircrew during the Vietnam War in the late 1960s. It is now worn by many western Air Forces. From the late 1990s a Desert Yellow version of Nomex was introduced into American and Australian use and this variation replaced the distinctive olive green Nomex when used in operational areas such as the Middle East. These gloves were worn by Lieutenant Commander Graeme Lunn in the Sinai when he served as part of the Multinational Force and Observers.