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[[Image:Racetrack2.jpg|thumb|200px|[[ECO]] [[Racetrack]], wearing a flight suit with helmet.]]
 
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Colonial military staff who are flight-qualified as a pilot wear a '''flight suit'''<ref>{{bsgwiki term}}</ref>.
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Colonial military staff who are flight-qualified as pilots wear '''flight suits'''<ref>{{bsgwiki term}}</ref>, sometimes referred to as a "jock smock".
  
 
A flight suit is a basic [[Wikipedia:Pressure suit|pressure suit]]. It's a versatile outfit that has been designed to be as comfortable as it is useful. Flight suits are worn by both [[Viper (RDM)|Viper]] and [[Raptor]] crews during missions.<ref>In the [[Original Series]], a [[space suit]] was available for emergencies aboard [[Galactica (TOS)|their battlestar]]. However, [[Colonial Warrior]]s never wore any pressure suit during their [[Viper (TOS)|Viper]] flights, making in-space search-and-rescues likely impossible if cockpit decompressions occurred.</ref>
 
A flight suit is a basic [[Wikipedia:Pressure suit|pressure suit]]. It's a versatile outfit that has been designed to be as comfortable as it is useful. Flight suits are worn by both [[Viper (RDM)|Viper]] and [[Raptor]] crews during missions.<ref>In the [[Original Series]], a [[space suit]] was available for emergencies aboard [[Galactica (TOS)|their battlestar]]. However, [[Colonial Warrior]]s never wore any pressure suit during their [[Viper (TOS)|Viper]] flights, making in-space search-and-rescues likely impossible if cockpit decompressions occurred.</ref>

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ECO Racetrack, wearing a flight suit with helmet.

Colonial military staff who are flight-qualified as pilots wear flight suits[1], sometimes referred to as a "jock smock".

A flight suit is a basic pressure suit. It's a versatile outfit that has been designed to be as comfortable as it is useful. Flight suits are worn by both Viper and Raptor crews during missions.[2]

The flight suit is a one-piece jumpsuit with a single zipper from neck to waist in the front. Pressure gloves, which allow for great dexterity for pilot's as they use ship controls, are attached by a soft pressure seal apparently incorporated in the sleeves. The pilot's helmet is connected to the suit by a hard seal collar. This seal also provides pressure to the suit as a whole when connected. The collar receives air from a life support unit attached to the pilot's ejection seat (in the case of Vipers), or attached to a hose. The suit's basic environmental adjustments are managed on a small series of buttons on the left forearm.

Close-up of Starbuck's hard-seal collar.

The flight suit can be worn with a helmet but with the visor cracked open and vented to the outside air, which allows quick connection to life support but allowing crews in larger craft, such as Raptors, to move about the cabin without hoses.

When pilots are not in flight, the suit is unzipped for comfort. Pilots often roll down the top half of the suit when off-duty or while they are performing hard work. Basic crew fatigues are worn underneath a suit, without the formal officer tunic. Pilots wear standard undershirts under a flight suit.

Flight suits appear suitable as all-weather gear when in rainy or cool conditions, but they provide no significant protection in combat as they are not armored. Flight suits can include a utility belt for various gear, including a sidearm.

The flight suit has been used since the First Cylon War without major changes, although a green fabric flight suit has also been used (Miniseries). A black t-shirt was worn during that time instead of the current t-shirt and tank top combination (Razor Flashbacks, Episode 1).

A closer look at the upper half of a flight suit.

In the right leg of the flight suit a checklist card can be seen upside down (intended for reading while seating).

The card for the viper pilots read as follows:


Viper Pre Flight Checklist

1. Pre Flight

External Inspection.....................................Okay
Flight Controls............................................Okay
Tanks filled ................................................Okay
Canopy Locks and explosive bolts to safe.....Okay
Seat Motors ...............................................Okay
Weapons to safe ........................................Okay

2. Start Check

Viper Pre Flight Checklist

Area..........................................................Clear
Comms......................................................Up
Tacom/Satnav.............................................Up
Canopy Bolts..............................................Armed
Escape Seat...............................................Armed
Engine Systems in the Green.......................Green
Weapons in the Green..........Weapons set to Armed

3. Launch Tube Check

Area............................................................Clear
Blast Doors..................................................Open
Heads Up Display.........................................On
Tac/Nav........................................................To Active
Flaps...........................................................15 degrees down angle
Engines........................................................85%
Assume Launch Position................................Okay
LSO Launch Signal........................................Okay
Master Caution Cold Shot Warning..................Set

Notes

  • In the episodes "You Can't Go Home Again" and "Act of Contrition", Kara Thrace uses her flight suit to its fullest, from her ejection from her wayward Viper to her parachute landing, and monitoring of life support mechanisms using the gauges built into the suit.
  • The suits are designed to keep a pilot who has ejected from his Viper alive in a vacuum for a limited amount of time, such as when Lee Adama has to eject from the Blackbird in "Resurrection Ship, Part II".
  • It appears that Galactica rarely has opportunity for SAR operations to retrieve pilots after combat with Cylon forces. Often the battlestar must retreat with the Fleet, leaving any surviving Viper pilots to either be captured by the Cylons or die once their oxygen runs out.
  • The flight suits were designed by Glenne Campbell and her costume staff from a particularly rare material from an Orient manufacturer.

References

  1. This is a Battlestar Wiki descriptive term.
  2. In the Original Series, a space suit was available for emergencies aboard their battlestar. However, Colonial Warriors never wore any pressure suit during their Viper flights, making in-space search-and-rescues likely impossible if cockpit decompressions occurred.