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The Benefits of Nomex Flight Suits

Designed with both protection and comfort in mind, Nomex flight suits are built with a host of features that aid in the difficult tasks in which military pilots are expected to carry out each day. From its fire-resistant structure to its easily accessible pockets, flight suits are responsible for saving lives and preventing tons of injuries. Here are a few of the features of the Nomex flight suit in further detail.


1.      Convenience. The original flight suit amounted to a bulky, overweight suit that lacked durability and made it hard for pilots to move in them. These days flight suits, specifically Carter’s Nomex flight suits are made with the Nomex material to ensure flexibility and allow wearers to move more easily. The Nomex flight suits are also conveniently equipped with six functional pockets and a two-way zipper which makes the process of taking the suit on and off, a simple task.

2.      Safety. Because Nomex flight suits are most often used by military personnel, safety was a huge concern while it was in the design stages. One of the biggest safety features of this type of flight suits is its flame-resistant material. The interlock technology provided by the Nomex material, helps to keep users safe in case of a fire or minor explosion and greatly increases their chances of survival.

3.      Comfort. As previously mentioned, outdated versions of flight suits were made of heavy materials that made the suits bulky and uncomfortable to wear. The purpose of the heavy material was to keep the suit wearers warm. However suits these days not only provide warmth, but comfort as well and without giving users the feeling of being weighed down. Carter’s Nomex flight suits are made to provide a glove-like fit and are equipped with an adjustable waist belt as a means to fit various body shapes and sizes. In addition the suit has a breathable design that allows air to escape when the body is overheated but also provides warmth through insulation properties for when the atmosphere is a little cooler.

4.      Quality. Carter’s Nomex suits have superior quality in relation to virtually any other flight suit manufacturer. These suits are solution dyed which helps resists fading and discoloration. In addition the Nomex material is sturdy, secure, and constructed with a rip-top fabric that decreases the likelihood of tares and snags.


Because we are the leading producer of Nomex flight suits, Carter Inc. ensures the best quality flight suits in the country. Each flight suit is manufactured in the USA under the compliance of the Berry Amendment (mil-c-83141a). Although the bulk of our business comes from the U.S. military as we are their sole provider of flight suits, we also sell directly to individuals without the extra mark-ups that other flight suit manufactures require. For more information on our flight suits call us today at (800) 420 7814.

3 Most Common Types of Protective Suits

There are a number of careers that pose the potential risk of danger to those within the field and therefore require protective clothing. From a diver’s wet suit to a police officer’s bullet proof vest, protective uniforms and clothing play a vital role in helping to ensure the safety of workers in various fields and decrease the likelihood of injuries and fatalities. Just like our line of Nomex Flight Suits, the following list of protective suits are built with care and quality with the intent to help workers to carry out dangerous tasks while on the job. Below is a brief description of each type of protective suit along with details regarding their specific features.

1.      Hazmat Suits. Hazmat suits are worn for protection against hazardous materials, as well as dangerous chemicals and toxins. They are generally worn by people who work in environments that are dangerously contaminated, but are also worn by several law enforcement agencies such as the DEA, whenever necessary. There a two main categories of hazmat suits. One that is often referred to as a splash protection suit, provides protection against dangerous liquid-based chemicals, while the other provides protection against toxic gasses and vapors. Within these two categories lies a number of different classes of suits depending on the level of protection that is needed. The most protective suits are classified as “Level A”, while the least protective are “Level D”.

2.      Firefighter Suits. Putting out blazing fires is perhaps one of the most dangerous jobs there it. Because of this, firefighters are equipped with a heavy duty protective suit, loaded with features to help keep them safe. It goes without saying that the main feature of a firefighter suit is its fire resistant material made of Kelvar and Nomex. Most firefighter suits also provide protection against toxic gases and dangerous chemicals. There are several different types of firefighter suits, ranging from a 200 degree level of heat protection, all the way up to a 2000 degree level of heat protection. A few of the smaller features include the green reflective stripes to allow firefighters to be located in darker environments, and tiny hooks along the zipper to ensure that the jacket does not fly open during harsh weather or extreme fire conditions.    

3.      Wetsuits. Worn by watersport enthusiast and career divers, wetsuits while seemingly simple, provide lots of protection. The neoprene material provides quality insulation allowing users to maintain their normal body temperature even in dangerously cold water conditions. The structure of the suit makes it durable and flexible making it easy to move around and swim in. When it comes in contact with water, the neoprene material creates tiny bubbles in the fabric which helps increase the buoyancy in the water.

Like many of the suits listed above, Nomex Flight Suits are built with quality for protection purposes. Its unique design helps to ensure both the comfort and safety of its users. The most useful features of the Nomex Flight Suits are the high temperature resistance and its breathable design structure. For more information on our flight suits visit our product page by clicking here

Flight Suits for Mars

Renowned rocket scientist Dava Newman presented her designs for three space suit prototypes during the 2013 TED Women Conference held in San Francisco this past December. Newman, who is currently an aeronautics professor at MIT, calls her design, “the world’s smallest space craft” and hopes that the suits will be ready for operational use in time for the long awaited voyage to Mars.

During her presentation Newman went into detail about the three suits outlining their many features and the design structure of each. Below is a brief description of each of the three suits.

Suit #1: Newman had Mars in mind when she designed this particular suit. This suit features an adequate amount of “pressurized atmosphere”—one of the main things needed to be able to remain in an environment like Mars. This suit also has a unique feature of which Newman refers to as “muscle wires”. Muscle wires are an active material made from nickel titanium that improve the overall flexibility of the suit, making it easier for users to move around comfortably.


Suit #2: Although it is not meant to be worn outside of the space ship, this type of suit, referred to as an exercise suit by Newman and her team, is definitely one-of-a-kind. The harsh structure of a traditional space suit has often resulted in the loss of muscle mass and strength in astronauts. This often occurs because of the limitations that astronauts are forced to withstand due to the area confinements within space ships. This suit is specially designed to work the muscles of its users simply by wearing it and ultimately helps to ensure that wearers maintain their muscle strength during long voyages.


Suit #3: The third suit which is also not meant to be used outside of the space ship environment, is vastly different from the other two suits because it is meant to be worn inside of a traditional bulky space suit. This suit acts as a protective lining and contains a superior padding system that helps to diminish any soreness or physical issues that wearing the traditional bulky suit alone my cause. Newman’s goal in designing this suit was to find a solution to the severe should problems that many astronauts developed after being in a traditional suit for long periods of time.

All three of Newman’s designs are being described as some of the best updates in the space suit industry. Newman hopes that these suits will be proven to be beneficial to the astronauts and their journey to Mars should one ever occur. Furthermore Newman plans to spend the next few years developing even more space suit designs in the hopes of one day accomplishing her lifelong dream of creating, “the world’s coolest space suits for Mars.”

Military “Iron Man” Suit Update

The moment of truth is fast approaching. The recently developed Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), is on track to be tested this summer. The high tech suit, nicknamed the “Iron Man Suit” because of its futuristic capabilities, has been stirring up a lot of conversation since production plans were first announced in summer of 2013. From our Nomex Flight Suit and battle armor, to basic uniforms, military apparel has always been developed with several things in mind including comfort, durability, and protection. However, the TALOS seems to focus more on the functionality of the suit, as a means to enhance survival efforts during battle.

Three prototypes of the suit are set to be revealed and tested as early as this upcoming June. With the big reveal being only a few months away, questions regarding the complexity of the suit’s design are arising. Here are just a few of the TALOS’s cool features:

·Fire resistance

·Bullet resistance

·Form shifting capabilities (i.e. changing from solid to liquid form)

· “Wound Stasis” feature that prevents injuries from bleeding out

·Vital sign monitoring

· “Full-body ballistic projections”

·Air, oxygen, and heat supply

            U.S. Military Officials say that the suit’s main purpose is to help with more with the defense side of battle efforts, however the suit does feature offensive capabilities such as the full-body ballistic projections as listed above. Furthermore, officials are confident that the TALOS will “[improve] survivability and capability [odds] for special operators…”, giving U.S. forces an advantage over their opposition and helping more to protect them from fatal injuries.

Sources say that the production of these futuristic suits is being worked on by a variety of organizations including, “56 different corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities, and 10 national laboratories”. The prototypes of the suits are to be tested in June 2014, immediately followed by any revisions or updates that need to be made so that further testing can take place. Assuming that all goes well, military officials are hoping that the suit will be operational and implemented no later than 2018.

With the prospective release of the TALOS, people are beginning to wonder what this means for other variations of armor within the military. Perhaps our Nomex Flight suits will also get to experience a futuristic makeover in the near future. For more information on the TALOS, click here.

Officials Call for Navy Uniform Changes

May 2014 will bring about a series of changes in regards to the uniforms for female Navy officers and enlistees. The announcement was made by Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus last Christmas Eve, and came as a shock to many. The general census among military personnel is that a change to the female uniforms is not necessary. However Mabus explains the reasons for the uniform change in the following statement:

“These changes ensure greater uniformity in our service and ceremonial dress, but more importantly, they send a clear signal that we are one in dress, one in standard and one in team. As you look out across a group of Sailors, you ought to see, not female and male Sailors, but Sailors,” Ray Mabus, SECNAV.

A survey with over 1,000 female Navy personnel conducted in the spring of 2013 concluded that military women welcomed the changes to their uniforms as a means to resemble the male uniforms. However, survey respondents were adamant about the fact that they wanted a quality manufacturing and redesign of their uniforms as opposed to just being forced to wear the male uniforms.

One of the changes to the uniforms include the redesigning of the Service Dress Blues for female Navy personnel ranked E1-E6. The new design for the dress blues was made to incorporate flexibility, functionality, and comfort all while maintaining the traditional sailor image. The ultimate goal of the redesign, as mention in Mabus’ statement above, is to modify the female dress blues so that they closely resemble the male uniforms.

The other change that is being made to the female Navy uniforms is for those who are ranked an E7 or above. This change consist of the redesigning of the combination covers and again are being made to look and operate very similar to the male combination covers. The new version of the female combination covers will be identical to the men’s but will be more fitted to the proportions and body type of women.

The new styles of both the service dress blues and the combination covers are currently going through an extensive fitting and evaluation process. The goal of this process is to not only make sure that these items are comfortable and suitable for women, but also to ensure that durability and functionality of the items perform properly.

Once the final designs are set and approved by military officials, the manufacturing efforts will be underway. The thorough testing and creation of the new uniforms is set to be completed by the spring of 2014, after which a formal introduction and implementation of the suits will ensue in May of 2014.

For timely updates and more information on this matter click here.

United We Stand

For centuries America has been known as the “home of the free, and the land of the brave”; and it is a number our brave men and women who are currently leading the relief efforts in several recently devastated parts of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan plowed through much of the region nearly a week ago.

The “super Typhoon”, as many are referring to it as, brought an unimaginable amount of destruction to the area, resulting in over 3,600 confirmed deaths. While the number of fatalities continues to rise each day, the reality of the devastation caused by the Typhoon is becoming overwhelming for most. In addition to the high death toll, the disaster also left over 12, 000 people injured, nearly 600, 000 homeless, and several thousands of individuals still unaccounted for.

Our U.S. Marines and Navy personnel are helping aid members of the community that were affected by the typhoon by supplying food, water, personal items, and helping build temporary shelters. Food and medical assistance are high in demand, however volunteers, officials, and medical staff are working hard to meet the needs of each individual. A large amount of the U.S. military are also assisting in the search for all those who are still missing, which is a reported 1,179 people.

Filipino government officials expressed their gratitude for the U.S.’s timely response to the worst natural disaster, ever recorded in the history of the Philippines. “Having the U.S. military here is a game-changer. For countries that we don’t have these kinds of relationships with, it can take a while to get help. But with the U.S., it’s immediate,” said a representative for the Filipino military. Indeed this is what our country is all about; selflessly assisting others during dire times of need, uplifting the distraught citizens of surrounding countries, and lending a helping hand whenever possible. In addition to constant military presence, we as a nation have contributed over $22 million to go towards relief efforts.

Our dedicated men and women never hesitate to offer their assistance whenever and wherever needed. As they stand tall in their combat coveralls and Nomex flight suits, which we of course manufacture, their humble service to the Filipino civilians is much appreciated, not only by the government of the Philippines but by their friends, family, and an entire nation back home.

The generosity that our great nation has shown towards the Philippines during this tragic time will be forever remembered. I’m sure I can speak for our entire nation when I say that we are proud of our military troops, and we stand behind them as the lead relief efforts in the Philippines. To unite during tragedy is perhaps the greatest display of support. As the famous saying goes, “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided”.

2013 Brings in over $20 million in Contracts

The Kentucky division of Carter Industries, Inc. was recently awarded a $9,244,800 firm-fixed-price contract for the production of improved combat vehicle crewman universal camouflage coveralls. Production efforts, by Kentucky and New York, are set to be completed by June 30th 2014 and will be sponsored by the Defense Working Capital funds.

The ICVC coveralls feature a flame-resistant material that ensures versatility and breathability. The quality material and adjustable waist allows for tremendous comfort and durability. In addition the coveralls are equipped with 11 zippered pockets to ensure easy accessibility and optimal convenience. These coveralls are available in a variety of sizes and lengths. Like all other Carter Industries products, the ICVC coveralls meet all standard military qualifications.

This $9 million contract is just one of two major contract deals in the year 2013. The other contract, which was awarded earlier this year in April, was a $12, 441,600 firm-fixed-price contract for the production of the  27/P Nomex Flight Suit. The completion date for this contract is set for April 15, 2014 and is also funded by the Defense Working Capital funds.

The Nomex Flight Suits are of unmatched quality. These suits are made up of flame-resistant material yet are extremely breathable. The two-way zipper and six functional pockets make for a number of convenient compartments. The solution dyed fabric prevents the suits from fading and the adjustable waistband allows for a more tailored fit. As with the coveralls, the Nomex Flight Suits 27/P come in a variety of size, length, and color options.

For years we have been recognized as the leading manufacturer of ICVC coveralls and Nomex Flight Suits. Our commitment to providing quality products to the U.S. Defense Forces and the U.S. Military allows for the receipt of extensive contracts such as this most recent one. For more information on our products or to contact us for business inquires, click here.

The Effectiveness of PBI and Nomex Flight Suits in Jet Fuel Fires

Pilots and their crew engage in some of the most dangerous activities in the work force. They risk their lives every single time they take to the skies, flying tens of thousands of feet above solid ground. But the danger doesn’t only come from the height; equipment failures, flash fires, and severe weather are only some of the various kinds of dangers they face. To protect themselves from possible injury, it is imperative that flight personnel have the safest equipment possible, especially their flight suit. Oftentimes the fight suit will be the first, and last, line of defense from different conditions and can be the de facto life saver.

For such a ubiquitous item, the flight suit is sold in many variations. From style to make to material, flight suits run the full gamut of design. But there are two materials that stand out from the rest. PBI and Nomex flight suits are often considered to be the industry leaders, providing superior protection to their wearers. These suits contain fire resistant fibers that are melded with the regular material of the suit, providing serious protection from heat, as well as being comfortable, versatile, and breathable. It is vital that Air Force employees have access to these materials due to the jet fuel and flames they can be exposed to. Because of its unique structure, PBI and Nomex suits prevent not just fire injuries, but also wounds that are incurred from burnt clothing. The suits’ design allows for a durable, yet secure outfit.

There have been multiple tests performed on these two fabrics to determine which one offers better protection. In environments as unpredictable as many of the Air Force personnel are, it is of utmost importance to have the best bodily defenses. Various studies have looked at how flammable the suits are, as well as the mechanical and comfort features of them. The majority of the research found that PBI suits worked better than those made from Nomex. In one experiment in which the suits were exposed to JP-4 fuel fires, the PBI suits were 21 percent less damaged. Participants also rated them higher in categories such as comfort and mechanics.

In the tests involving actual fires, the PBI and Nomex suits were put on mannequins and then drenched with 25 gallons of jet fuel. Upon being set alight, temperature and intensity readings were taken by placing sensitive strips on each of the mannequins. The data was carefully recorded, further demonstrating that the PBI suits were far outperforming Nomex flight suits in protection capabilities.

Although the PBI suits were declared better overall, there were times where the Nomex suits outperformed the PBI flight suits. The Nomex flight suits demonstrated stronger abrasion resistance, or less likelihood to tear from repeated friction, than the PBI suits. Despite weighing the same, the Nomex material tends to be a thinner fabric, when compared to the PBI material. Though Nomex could claim these victories, it could not stem off further advances of the PBI suits. The PBI suits were also determined to have better breathability and moisture retention, making it a far better choice for both comfort and fire resistance. Finally, the PBI flight suits kept better times when exposed to jet fuel. When set aflame, the PBI material kept had a one-second heat and glow time, as compared to the nine-second heat and glow time of the Nomex suits. The seemingly minimal eight-second disparity can mean the difference between life and death, injury and fatality.

If PBI performed so well against Nomex, why isn’t it the dominant material in the flight suit industry? There is a simple answer to the question: cost. PBI costs quite a bit more to manufacture than Nomex, and since Nomex can adequately meet the Defense Forces’ needs, there is no reason to spend the extra money on PBI.


New ICVC Contract

Carter Industries Inc.**, Olive Hill, Ky., has been award a maximum $9,244,800 modification (P00012) exercising the second option year for improved combat vehicle crewman’s (ICVC), universal camouflage pattern coveralls. The contract is a firm-fixed-price contract. Locations of performance are Kentucky and New York with a July 30, 2014 performance completion date. Using service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2013 through fiscal year 2014 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM1C1-11-D-1026).



Nomex Flight Suits – How does Nomex Protect

Although uncommon, fires do occasionally break out in the cockpit and other areas of planes. Soaring at tens of thousands of feet high leaves little room for error, and a fire certainly complicates things. It is of utmost importance for the professionals aboard airplanes to be assured that they are protected in the event of flash fires and heat malfunctions. The clothing that flight personnel wear must be of the highest quality and offer the greatest protection possible. One of the leading materials in the industry is Nomex. For more than fifty years Nomex has been protecting those in the US Military, as well as other markets as well. It is highly regarded for both its functionality, providing superior flame and heat protections, as well as its comfort and ergonomics.

In the late 1960s a researcher at the DuPont Company, Wilfred Sweeny, first developed the material now known as Nomex. A large number of race car drivers dying from intense burns and heats from crashes prompted the team at DuPont to start looking for fire protective clothing. Since its early beginnings, Nomex has been continually tested and updated to ensure that it delivers the greatest protection from flames, chemicals, and intense temperatures. Flight suits made from Nomex, especially the CWU 27 /p suit, are perfectly optimized to defend the human body. Made from 92% Nomex, with the remaining 8% comprised of the bullet proof Kevlar and anti-static fiber, these flight suits exceed the standards for fire-retardant clothing. For this reason the US Military chooses Nomex flight suits when equipping its pilots. But the suits are not reserved exclusively for pilots though. Realizing the potential of the protective material, the US Military also outfits overseas ground troops with Nomex suits to protect from the harsh environments they encounter.

Nomex is engineered from synthetic aromatic polyamide polymers, creating extensive chains of highly durable fibers. Although many only know polymers to be plastics, there are other forms of them that can make material such as Nomex. During manufacturing, Nomex is produced as either large sheets of fabric or as individual fibers that are subsequently woven into a fully fire-resistant cloth. These fabrics lie at the center of what makes Nomex so adept at defending against fire. Material made from Nomex can catch aflame, like many other fabrics, but that’s where it stops. Unlike other materials, Nomex extinguishes itself. When a part of the suit is charred or enflamed, the heat will not harm the rest of the suit, and protecting the person wearing it. Even better, if the suit does catch alight, an additional layer of protection is added. That is, when the Nomex suit is burning, its fibers absorb the heat and swell, adding a layer of insulation between the wearer’s skin and the heat.

One of the most popular flights suits is the CWU 27 /p. It is much beloved not only for its life saving protective features, but also for its comfort, lightweight, and durability. The US Military has far expanded its use beyond the air force, providing the suits for ground troops as well. They are widely used in tank deployments, offering protection from the heat released from explosions, chemicals, and even some radiation. The unique blend of the suit’s material also prevents accidental bursts of flame occurring, utilizing the anti-static material to prevent this. The zippers are also a favorite, made from high quality brass to prolong the life of the suit.

There is no wiggle room when manufacturing clothing to protect people’s lives. Only the best material will do when one is talking about protecting a human being, and Nomex has long been regarded as that material. The last half century has shown that Nomex protects best, and the US Military only chooses Nomex for that reason.