Underwear for all weather in development

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    http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2007/06/airforce_specopsunderwear_070610/


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    Senior Master Sgt. Bob Pike models a long-sleeve undershirt designed for special operations airmen.

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    Pararescuemen and combat controllers said during wear tests that don't like shoulder seams that can carve into their skin under the weight of heavy pack loads.

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    The fabric tested did a good job repelling flight line oil.


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    The Air Force is planning to work with the Georgia Institute of Technology to create a fabric treatment that may prevent the cloth from catching fire even after prolonged exposure to flames.

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    If Air Force Special Operations Command is approved to mass produce the underwear, officials expect a full set of the winter-weight and summer-weight gear to cost about $20.

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    Durability is a top concern, Air Force officials say. One test T-shirt has reportedly withstood about 1,800 machine washings.

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    Officials say they want a fabric that is less bulky and able to fend off bacteria that can cause athlete's foot or rashes.
     

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