Lay­ered gloves

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There was a high risk of fire on a Spit­fire be­cause the fuel tank was over the pi­lot’s knee so it was im­por­tant to pro­tect against po­ten­tial flames. Multi-lay­ered gloves were used, with soft cape leather touch­ing the skin, silk in­ners on top and a leather el­bow-length gaunt­let. They of­fered re­stricted move­ment so many pi­lots sim­ply wore the thin in­ners despite the cold felt at al­ti­tude.

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