Popeye® VP-ML-6 print.
Originally starting out in July of 1943, this squadron’s was first designation was VB-146 (bombing squadron). After going through a number of other designation changes without any recorded insignia it finally became VP-ML-6 (Medium Patrol Squadron) on the 15th November 1946.
Upon the inception of this new designation the squadron was given its first official squadron insignia emblem. Developed by Bradley Kelly of the King Features Syndicate, it depicts Popeye® astride a P2V Neptune bomber with missile in left hand and and .50Cal machine gun in the other, blazing away.
In collaboration with clothing brand TSPTR, this is an officially licensed product, via them, from King Features Syndicates. The official Popeye® design is taken exactly from the original artwork submitted in 1946.
Made from a superior quality 'slub yarn' cotton, they are constructed as per the original in terms of cut, seam-style and shade. The neck aperture is the correct 'open' style cut, which is slightly bigger than most modern-day Ts, and the sleeves are of a reasonably short length, and not loose (but not gripping). The torso is slim, but also not gripping, and is long enough to be comfortably tucked in, and not come out, but still looks sensible if worn untucked.
Available in sizes 36 - 44