Period: Flock Hair
Dates: 1976 - 77
Cat No: 34171
"The working dress of the Royal Air Force" is how Palitoy described the 1976 Action Man Royal Air Force outfit. Priced at £4.99 in 1976 the Action Man RAF outfit would have been the equivalent of approximately £25 in 2016. It used the same pattern for the greatcoat as the Escape Officer and simple RAF work wear completed this 'modern' uniform of the 1970s Royal Air Force. It is absent after the 1977 equipment manual so should be considered a non-Eagle Eyes outfit.
ACTION MAN ROYAL AIR FORCE: Greatcoat, sweater, trousers, belt, forage cap, trousers, boots, information leaflet. Equipment Manual.
The Action Man Royal Air Force was a contemporary uniform of the time. The greatcoat was borrowed in style from the Colditz Escape Officer and German Camp Kommandant, but produced in a much lighter fabric, and in an RAF blue that fades readily in natural light. The brass buttons that discolour to a flat brown can be 'buffed' back to gold by using a (dry) glass fibre pen. The jersey was same pattern at the Soldier, in a woollier version fabric, but again in a fading-prone RAF blue. The cap and elasticated belt are unique to this outfit and are quite distinctive - the belt can over-stretch. The 'current' figure upon release in 1976 was the flock haired Action Man with gripping hands (of 1973). He can be accessorised with the range of Workshop Accessories available from 1977.