By the Normandy invasion, the early white T-5 rigs had been replaced by the camouflage models for operational use. The common notion that a 50/50 mix of white and OD chutes were used is simply a myth. By late 1943, production of the first pattern harness style switched to the robust second pattern, identified by the extra web and stitching securing the reserve D-rings. By Normandy, approximately 70% of T-5 harnesses were of the double reinforced pattern. Although a handful of white static lines were still in use, the standard rig was equipped with OD webbing.
Both the highly sought after 1st and 2nd pattern assemblies are now available. The harness features ultra heavy 7-class stitching - the only harness on the market with this detail. It also has original hardware finished in the authentic paint shades used by each different manufacture. The pack features the correct parapack canvas, which is distinctly different from other cheap imitations. The pullout panel is available with either the white or OD static line with wartime 5th model hook. Internally, the pack is complete with double layered construction, full reinforcements, suspension line retainers, and riser tabs. The harness chest strap and pack retaining webs are hand tacked rigger-style just like the originals.
Looking for the reserve pack? See the 43H Reserve page!
Want to add a parachute canopy or foam filler? See the Canopies & Fillers page!
Standard Price: $995 (Email us to order - generally ships in 3-5 days)
+$50 for 2nd pattern
Second Pattern Assembly
First Pattern Assembly