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The early U.S. Air Mail pilots who flew in open cockpits needed protection from the elements. Fur-lined leather flying suits and boots helped keep pilots warm as they flew through blizzards and rain at 8,000 feet in the sky. Leather helmets and even masks helped pilots keep their faces and ears from freezing on long, cold flights.

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