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What Size Flight Suit Do I Need

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Flight Suits: One Size Does Not Fit All

Designed to provide protection and functionality during flight operations, flight suits are a crucial component of any pilot’s attire and have been used by civilian and military pilots alike as early as 1917. However, if you’re interested in purchasing a flight suit for yourself you may ask yourself “What size flight suit do I need?”. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to accurately determine your flight suit size, ensuring a perfect fit for optimal performance and comfort.

A simple rule of thumb to follow when determining your flight suit size is to go two sizes up from your coat size. This helps account for the clothing worn under your suit and helps ensure mobility during flights or ground operations. For instance, if you wear a size 40 coat then you need a size 42 flight suit. If you’re still unsure, most manufacturers have sizing guides you can follow using your own measurements. You can reference our flight suit sizing guide as well.

Many manufacturers will offer sizing guides with detailed measurements. However, one aspect that often trips up pilots when selecting their size is the length options. We’ve put together an easy sizing guide that applies to most standard flight suits.

  • If you are over 6′ tall, order a long.
  • If you are 5′ 7″ – 5′ 11″, order a regular.
  • If you are 5′ 6″ or under, order a short.
  • Example: a 5’11” 175-pound male is a 42 regular.

The guide we provided above is a great outline but we acknowledge that one size does not fit all when it comes to flight suits. The best way to ensure a proper fit is to take all your measurements like chest and inseam. Consider your personal fit preferences. Many individuals might prefer having added room around the waist for comfort, while others might prefer a more tapered look. At the end of the day, you’ll be the one wearing the flight suit and know what fit you prefer.

Where Can I Purchase Flight Suits?

Green Nomex Flight Suit

    Government Sales, Inc. offers premier US Military Nomex Flight Suits for professional and recreational pilots. By following the information we provided above you can make the best sizing choice for you. If you’re still unsure or have further questions about flight suit sizing or any of our other products or services feel free to contact us. Discover why Government Sales, Inc. is the ultimate choice.


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