Rare Bulgarian Army Coverall for a Pilot Bomber, early communism
This is a very rare Bulgarian army coverall for a pilot bomber, as the model is royal, of the WWII period. It is sewn in 1951 for the needs of the communist army formed shortly after WWII. For that purpose there have been employed the models left from the royal period. Those models were used by the Bulgarian air forces until the Soviet equipment totally replaced the royal one. The suit we offer you is the typical summer-type WWII pilot coverall used at the time.
On the inside can be noticed stamps of the producer, of the army stock houses as well as the year of fabrication. The coverall is made of soft cotton material, it is characterized by shoulder boards, the collar can be buttoned down, there is a side chest pocket, too. There are two leg pockets, regulation straps at the sleeve and leg ends. The buttons are made of bakelite, as the bigger ones are of the early communist officer's model, with their five-pointed star at the front. What is interesting is that on the reverse of the buttons reads the marking of the royal army button manufacturer: "A. Shipianov Sofia". Evidently, the communists made use of his service shortly after they came into power, and before closing his factory at some later point. The suit's inside buttons are the ones used by the WWII army, imported from a Western country with a lettering: "for gentlemen". Later on, such buttons become impermissible a part of the communist equipment due to their Western origin.
The coverall is of XL size, the sleeve is 66 cm/26 inches long.
The black & white photo we are showing you where the suit can be recognized, can be dated to 1943. It features the crew of the principal air force bomber of the period: "Dornier" Do-17M. The pilot in the right wears exactly the same coverall as the one we are offering you! The guy in the center wears a winter suit made of sheep's skin, which we can also provide you with.
The pilot suit you see in this listing is very rare to find. Moreover, it is in authentic, perfect condition.