…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I admit my ignorance of the de riguer military aviation garderobe, especially the contemporary one, though I have read something here and there. For example, during WWII the USAF pilots and navigators were excepted from the requirement of having a reinforcing wire in their visor caps because of interference with headphones. Thus many air force officers, in charge of counting B-24 tyres or cucumbers in the officers’ mess, never inside an aeroplane when the skies were unfriendly, removed the wire to achieve a floppy, but better female attracting image.
The silk scarfs, almost always white, of fighter pilots in both World Wars, were not just a regulations defying fashion. Pilots, in order to survive air combat, without assistance of modern electronic gizmos, had to turn their heads in the cramped cockpits very often and very rapidly. That led to neck chaffing and a silk scarf was a logical solution.
The above musing was sparked by somebody’s comment that Obama the Orator when speechifying resembles a Wimbledon referee during a long volley. Turning his head and steady gaze from one teleprompter to another with metronome-like regularity he must be wearing out his shirt collars faster than his listeners.
Would a white scarf be racist? White House seems to be. http://human-stupidity.com/equality4/race-equality4/white-house-is-racist-repaint-it-black-house