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    Life as an RAF recruit...

    Thought I'd share this pic as I know there's just a couple that will enjoy, and a couple more that will swear it's true... How about it Gil?

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    Regards, Jim

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    Well Jim,
    Thats about right for the "Brylcream Boys" (what was that all about?) greasing your hair down, grease all over your pillow slip, awful, but FREE to the RAF!!!
    My Dad was a CRAB, and used the stuff daily, great smell but a good insect attractor as he found out rescuing pilots from the jungles of Malaya.
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    My dad used Californian Poppy which was about the same as what Gil speaks of.......

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    Brylcreem! I remember it well. My dad used it back in the day (1950s), and my mum would slick my unruly hair down with it when we were going out somewhere special. It was definitely the men's fashion trend from creation in the 1920s right through to the early to middle 1960s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul S. View Post
    Brylcreem!
    Was telling my wife about that just the other day. The "Greasers" of the '50's/'60's...I carry a comb because I never like the stuff. Still can't warm up to hair jell.
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    Bodjees, Skegs and Widgees and good ol' Doc Martin boots that some of the boys used to wear.
    That Californian Poppy was like liquid grease you put a wave in your fringe and a Force 5 would not touch it.........

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    Brylcreem. ... The first Brylcreem product was a hair cream created in 1928, by County Chemicals at the Chemico Works in Bradford Street, Birmingham, Englandicon. The cream is an emulsion of water and mineral oil stabilised with beeswax.

    What are the ingredients of Brylcreem?
    Ingredients. Water, Mineral Oil, Beeswax, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Hydroxide, BHT, Magnesium Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone

    Not sure I would want that on my head, but hey ho, I suppose with all those propellers turning, last thing you want is your hair blowing all over the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    last thing you want is your(hair)blowing
    That would be a FOD hazard on the flight line...since their long luxurious hair would get caught up...they don't wear hats as is.

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