A service dress uniform to a lieutentant of the Hungarian Air Force
The dress regulations of 1930 ushered in a new era for the Hungarian Air Force that was a marked departure from typical Hungarian military style. Unlike the army which carried on traditions from the Austro-Hungarian empire, the air force had a modern look with a suit jacket with modern lapels, long pants, shoulder boards and a visor cap. The color of the Hungarian Air Force service dress is unique, a beige color not found in the other services. The tailoring is simple with flat, squared pockets and flaps. And while this was an issue uniform, many officers chose to have them purchased and tailored privately for better fit, finish and materials. When in the field, the uniform was typically worn with a belt to hold the service pistol. There was no issue belt and officer's had their pick of what was available for this purpose. Also popular was the so-called "boy scout" shirt because of it's color and cut. To finish this off is the issue tie in brown gabardine knit. The service dress tunic was worn while flying under flight suits.

The right shoulder shows the black velvet backed officer's shoulder board. It is piped in gold metallic braid. The tape is made of gold thread. The single stripe and chevron equals 2nd Lt. The shoulder boards were removeable and held in place with a loop sewn to the tunic. The officer's gold button. This button has a bronzed tone to match the field tunic. Dress buttons were gilt. NCO buttons are silver. Enlisted ranks are solid chocolate bronze color.

The air force officer's visor hat was unique to the air force. The fabric is matching beige gabardine wool to the uniform. The eagle is gold bullion. Officer's are noted with a band of bold tape around the hat with a chin cord of braided gold wire. The visor is olive dyed leather. Note that the central Tural device on the cap has curved wings. The tunic has a great tailor's label for a shop in Budapest.

This is the pilot qualification device. There was only gold color for the breast badge with the straight shoulders on the wing. The cap badge came in gold for officers and silver for NCOs. Hungarian officers are pictured wearing both the complete medals (like Russians) and medal ribbons. The medals from left to right are the Signum Laudis medal with war ribbon and swords, the Commemorative Medal for the Liberation of Upper Hungary, the Commemorative Medal for the Liberation of Transylvania and the Commemorative Medal for the Return of South Hungary.

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