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RAF 1970s 'Wildenrath Kestrels' Bowling Shirt
RAF 1970s 'Wildenrath Kestrels' Bowling Shirt
RAF 1970s 'Wildenrath Kestrels' Bowling Shirt
RAF 1970s 'Wildenrath Kestrels' Bowling Shirt
RAF 1970s 'Wildenrath Kestrels' Bowling Shirt
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RAF 1970s 'Wildenrath Kestrels' Bowling Shirt

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I've been very fortunate to come across a fair few chain-stitched bowling shirts in my time, but even amongst these this one is unusual. Whilst it's common to find American military related bowling shirts, to find British is really rather rare. The RAF had a station at Wildenrath in West Germany between 1952 and 1992, part of its commitment to defend Europe during the cold war. For a period of time in the early to mid 70s, Wildenrath was home to the RAF's Harrier force, and those that know Harriers well will recognise the name Kestrel. The prototypes of the Harrier, designed by Hawker Siddeley in the 60s were known as Kestrels and were tested by both the British and US military prior to the production Harriers being introduced. I think it's almost certain that this bowling shirt was worn by a member of an RAF Germany Harrier Force team.

Condition

Used but perfect, strong colour, no damage or wear at all.

Size

  • No size tag, fits a medium/large
  • Pit to pit: 22.5"
  • Shoulder to shoulder: 18"
  • Shoulder to cuff: 10"
  • Collar to hem: 27"