My Dad in 1972, gifted me and my brother with Parachute Pack Survival Kits. One of the Survival Masters out at Fairchild Air Force Base, gave them to him. They were past their use by date. He said to keep one in each glove box, and give one to each of the kids. I thought this was the ultimate gift. We weren't rich. If I really wanted GI Joe, I'm sure that Dad would have found a way to get one for me. I wanted to BE GI Joe. Judging from my gun locker I'm afraid I succeeded. Don't have a bazooka, but I did have a cannon for 3 years! Kissing a pound of Black Powder per shot goodbye, even when I got it for free, went against the grain!
Back to the survival kit. According to the intertubes it's known as a su-16 and the contents are as follows.
|Aluminum Foil (contents packaging) may be utilized as an improvised signal mirror|
|EMERGENCY DEVICES GROUP|
|Colonial Ranger brand Medium Stockman 3-blade folding knife, sawcut plastic handles, 3.375 inches overall, 2-inch clip-point main blade, 1.375-inch sheepsfoot blade, 1.187 inch pen blade.|
|Wooden Safety Matches and 2 striker strips, 2 packs of 5 each and striker strip wrapped in very heavy aluminum foil|
|Tinder Sticks, 1 x 0.187 x 0.187 inches, individually wrapped in aluminum foil|
|18mm Brass Dry Compass with lanyard ring|
|Fish Hooks, 2 small, 1 medium, snelled with 7.5 inch monofilament leader|
|WATER & FOOD GROUP|
|Condom (water container)|
|MISCELLANEOUS & MULTI-PURPOSE GROUP|
|Heavy Duty Sewing Needle|
|Stainless Steel Wire|
|Survival Instruction Sheet on Waterproof Parchment|
|Cardboard Box inside sealed aluminumized plastic film pouch inside Nomex cloth sleeve: Box: 5 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches (127 x 38 x 13 mm), Pack: 7.25 x 2 x 0.625 inches (184 x 51 x 16 mm)|
Mine had iodine tabs for water purification as well. Dad pulled the condoms from the kit, as he didn't want us running around with big hurking water balloons. I remember a scene of great hilarity as they showed the neighbor lady the 'water bag'. I seem to remember some fishing line, though the survival master explained that the threads inside the paracord, or the thread sewing the pack shut, could be used as additional fishing line. I loved the button compass. I thought the kit came with a stainless steel Camillus pocket knife, I was the most envied scout in my troop! But the stockman knife mostly ended up in Dad's pocket as a small handy knife. The single blade lockers didn't catch on until early in the 80s. It was the 90's before they became common carry with me. If I'd known about inflation, I'd have snapped up a gross of those 4 blade Camillus Knives when they were $3.95 or cheaper!