Royal Flying Corps Sutton
Flight Crew Safety Harness
 
 
Sutton Flight Crew Safety Harness. The center panel is khaki canvas, 70cm X 30cm, (12 X 6 inches). The heavy copper-plated steel buckle/release catch is marked "Sage & Co. Birmingham PAT No 15013". On the buckle/release catch is a spring loaded lever which releases the harness. The opposite side has a large double-pronged buckle for adjusting the tightness. At both ends there are tan 20 cm (8 inch) "bungie" cords with large 'D" rings for hooking onto the aircraft frame. The cords have a cloth tag that reads " Sage Peterboro England Pat No. 1019/16. For use the Pilot or Observer would hook the "D" rings onto the aircraft frame and then adjust the tightness before taking off.
 
A close-up of the heavy copper-plated steel buckle/release catch. The maker's mark reads "Sage & Co. Birmingham PAT No 15013". On the buckle/release catch is a spring loaded lever which releases the harness.