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history Aviator Bag

The AN6505-1 kit bag was developed in the 1930s, specifically designed to hold an aviator’s jumpsuit as well as cold-weather gear and other small items needed in an aircraft. With a foldable construction, the bag could be stored flat when not in use

history Aviator bag

Aviator bag

History Aviator bag

Developed in the 1930s for the exclusive use of the U.S. Airforce, the ‘AN6505-1’ bag was designed to cater to the specific needs of flight crews during airborne missions. With a generous rectangular shape, the holdall kit bag would easily accommodate an aviator’s jumpsuit, as well as cold-weather gear and other items needed in an aircraft.

Made in heavy-duty cotton canvas, the bag was outfitted with interior slots and pockets to organise smaller items. A top-load design with a robust two-way metal zip allowed for easy access to the contents, while the snap flap cover at the top further protected the closure from rain and dirt.

The bag was designed for carrying equipment to an aircraft rather than for longer marching and was therefore equipped with short reinforced double handles instead of a shoulder strap. With a foldable construction, the bag could be stored flat when not in use.

The original aviator bag is still an inspiration for many modern travel bags intended for shorter trips or for taking essentials on-board. Today’s holdalls are often made to comply with standard cabin size regulations. Made from durable cotton or nylon canvas, they usually keep the minimal construction and are suitable for carrying heavy loads.