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Fly the Friendly Skies of Vietnam - Olongapo T-Shirt XL
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Fly the Friendly Skies of Vietnam - Olongapo T-Shirt XL

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Sold Date: 03/18/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay

"Fly the Friendly Flies of Vietnam"


Authentic Reproduction of Vintage Olongapo, Phillipines T-Shirt from 1972.

Size Extra Large

The Story of the T-Shirt
Our T-shirt is an exact replica of my favorite T- shirt from when I was serving in the Navy in Vietnam. (The original is in the photo to the right). As a Naval Flight Officer on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock, I spent quite a bit of time in Olongapo, Philippines. I bought this T-shirt there from a street vendor. I think I paid about 50 cents for it.
This was a popular slogan on T-shirts (remember the United Airlines TV commericals?), but this was kind of a cut-rate version of it. You could buy more expensive, less primitive T-shirts with this slogan, but this version had the most character.
I used to wear it under my flightsuit. I figured if I got shot down and was captured by the North Vietnamese, they would take the usual photo of me in captivity, and I thought this would be a good T-shirt to have on in the photo.

COLOR: Faded red SHIRT:

High-quality 5.5 oz. 100% cotton pre-shrunk pigment dyed T-Shirt, double-needle stitched neckline, seamless collar, taped shoulder seam

This auction is for one XL T-Shirt. Please see our other auctions for other sizes.

$5 from the sale of each T-Shirt will go to the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund. The Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund are Vietnam veterans helping disabled, homeless and needy Vietnam-era veterans with shelter, employment, counseling and medical benefits assistance with appreciation for their service to America.

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