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DAYTON, Ohio - Lt. Col. Edward Rock's party suit. Col. Rock was the commander of the 17th Wild Weasel Squadron from June 1972 to the end of the Southeast Asia War. This suit is on display in the First In, Last Out: Wild Weasels vs. SAMs exhibit in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Lt. Col. Edward Rock's party suit. Col. Rock was the commander of the 17th Wild Weasel Squadron from June 1972 to the end of the Southeast Asia War. This suit is on display in the First In, Last Out: Wild Weasels vs. SAMs exhibit in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Artifacts in the First In, Last Out: Wild Weasels vs. SAMs exhibit: 1) King's 100 Mission patch which he obtained during his second tour in 1972. 2) King's good luck Buddha charm which he carried on his missions. 3) Copy of mission line-up card from King's end of tour mission flown on May 14, 1969 in the museum's F-105. Line-up cards gave aircrews basic information about the mission such as radio call signs and weapons load out. 4) King's carry-on map and checklist bag. 5) King's bush hat with "counters" (missions over North Vietnam)marked on the front and "non-counters" (all others) marked on the back. 6) King's party suit and flight suit. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Artifacts in the First In, Last Out: Wild Weasels vs. SAMs exhibit: 1) King's 100 Mission patch which he obtained during his second tour in 1972. 2) King's good luck Buddha charm which he carried on his missions. 3) Copy of mission line-up card from King's end of tour mission flown on May 14, 1969 in the museum's F-105. Line-up cards gave aircrews basic information about the mission such as radio call signs and weapons load out. 4) King's carry-on map and checklist bag. 5) King's bush hat with "counters" (missions over North Vietnam)marked on the front and "non-counters" (all others) marked on the back. 6) King's party suit and flight suit. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Capt. King preparing to leave on a mission. He is wearing the flight clothing now on display. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Capt. King preparing to leave on a mission. He is wearing the flight clothing now on display. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Capt. King with a “sanitized” K-2B flight suit. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Capt. King with a “sanitized” K-2B flight suit. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Capt. Robert “Butch” King (right) getting out of the museum’s F-105G after flying his last mission. On the way back from North Vietnam, he changed into the party suit on display. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Capt. Robert “Butch” King (right) getting out of the museum’s F-105G after flying his last mission. On the way back from North Vietnam, he changed into the party suit on display. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - The Southeast Asia Wild Weasels were consolidated into the 6010th Wild Weasel Squadron at Korat in November 1970. The 6010th WWS was then redesignated the 17th WWS in December 1971. This is the 6010th patch and F-105G patch. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - The Southeast Asia Wild Weasels were consolidated into the 6010th Wild Weasel Squadron at Korat in November 1970. The 6010th WWS was then redesignated the 17th WWS in December 1971. This is the 6010th patch and F-105G patch. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A Wild Weasel crewman wore a hard helmet and an oxygen mask with an integrated microphone. A survival vest held a first aid kit, escape map, survival kit and other items useful should he be shot down or forced to eject. 

Over the waist and legs is a g-suit, which fills with air during sharp turns to keep him from passing out from high g-forces. On his back is a parachute. Other items normally carried included a pistol and survival knife. Underneath all the above equipment is a K-2B flight suit with all insignia removed to deny the enemy information if he is shot down.

Except for the parachute, these items were used in combat over North Vietnam. Lt. Col. Edward Rock, commander of the 17th Wild Weasel Squadron, wore the helmet and oxygen mask. The remaining items were used by Capt. Robert "Butch" King, an EWO who flew in the museum's F-105G.

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