Service kitel tunic of a Naval Air Force Major
General, circa late 1960s- early 70s.
In high quality dark blue wool gabardine. Stand-up collar
and internal breast pockets with flaps, no piping on either
the collar or cuffs. The sky blue piped shoulder boards are
in black silk brocade with embroidered gold stars. The
Moscow marked buttons on the front of the tunic show the
Soviet state emblem and are dated "66" and "67"; the buttons
on each cuff are dated "64". Sleeve length is 24 ½" from
seam to cuff. The chest measures 44". Length from top of
collar to bottom hem 29".
Condition is very good to excellent. Only under raking light
is it possible to detect where ribbon bars may have once
been sewn on the left breast. While the lining shows that a
screw back badge was once worn on right breast, the puncture
is not visible on the front of the tunic. There is a tiny
hole, possibly from moth but more likely from cigarette ash
on the right sleeve (about 1 ½ "above the edge of the cuff).
The tunic has been freeze treated and is free of any
A prime and eminently displayable example of the everyday
uniform worn daily in the Soviet Navy during the height of
the Cold War. The Naval Air Force General shoulder boards of
course make this tunic very uncommon: Soviet naval aviation
was a relatively weak branch compared with either the size
of regular Air Forces or the conventional navy.