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Old 05-02-2017, 01:09 PM
 
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Can anyone tell me about this MBA flare kit which I believe to be Vietnam era, possibly part of an Air Force Pilot's emergency kit? As a Vietnam era fight jet Air Force crew chief, I seem to recall seeing something like this in the 1960s. I can't find any dates on the equipment.

I started to post this in the Collecting forums but I felt it might catch the eye of ex-military pilots here.

Any information is appreciated.
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Old 05-02-2017, 01:35 PM
 
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Here you go:

The Gyrojet Flare Launcher
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Old 05-02-2017, 01:40 PM
 
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Thanks Joe. Excellent article. It backs up my memory of seeing this in pilots' gear in the '60s.
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Old 05-03-2017, 11:51 AM
 
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Hmm. There seems to be a little information on the internet about these flare kits. I'm not a prepper, and although these things would make for a great July 4th display for the grand kids, I've decided to put them on eBay today and see what happens.
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Old 05-05-2017, 11:17 AM
 
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I had those flares in my survival vest when I crewed Hueys in the seventies.
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Old 05-06-2017, 07:26 AM
 
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I used Gyro Jets as well, they were in my survival kit in every aircraft I flew. They were not of much use during the daytime, just not very visible especially in desert climates.
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:43 PM
 
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Thanks Sluggo. From what I've been able to read, Gyrojets were best at penetrating heavy canopies such as a downed pilot would encounter in Vietnam.
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