Papa Nui Mike Forney Flight Cap


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The Papa Nui Mike Forney Flight Cap takes its inspiration from the cap worn by a tough Irish helicopter pilot during a rescue mission. It is constructed from 100% Japanese milled cotton twill in a distinctive Kelly green colour, with an olive drab flip-up visor.

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The Papa Nui Mike Forney Flight Cap has, like all Papa Nui Caps, a story behind it. Its inspiration comes from the cap worn by Chief Petty Officer, Mike Forney, a helicopter pilot, during a successful rescue mission.

The cap’s shape takes cues from 1950s style aviation ball caps and it comes in 100% Japanese milled cotton in a vivid Kelly Green colour with an Olive Drab herringbone twill flip-up visor. It is completed with a rugged sweatband and, as ever, the Hino Maru country of origin patch.

At the controls of HO3S-1 was Chief Petty Officer, Mike Forney. A tough 27 year old Irishman from Chicago. He flew his ‘copter off the decks of the USS Savo, wearing a Baron Von Richthofen scarf of Kelly green, and a matching Papa Nui ball cap in the same hue. Jammed between his big teeth was a clay pipe. He had found that when those astonishing symbols arrived at a scene of catastrophe, everyone relaxed, and he had already managed to save three pilot whilst wearing his Papa Cap.

Key Features of the Papa Nui Mike Forney Flight Cap

  • Made in Japan by John Lofgren & Co.
  • 1950s style aviation ball cap in vivid Kelly Green
  • 100% Japanese milled cotton twill
  • Olive Drab herringbone twill flip up under visor and rugged sweatband
  • Hino Maru internal country of origin patch
  • Sizes Medium (57-58cm) and Large (59-60cm)
  • Cold wash/soak to shape or stretch, hot wash/soak and tumble dry to shrink

Medium, Large


Cotton Twill, Heringbone Twill






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The Papa Nui Mike Forney Cap is a low-maintenance piece designed for rugged wear.

When necessary, we recommend a cold machine wash and line dry. If you are happy with the sizing of your cap, avoid tumble drying as this may result in slight shrinkage.


Sizes Medium (57-58cm) and Large (59-60cm).

To find out more about how to measure your head to get the sizing of your cap perfect, see this detailed post about Papa Nui sizing. Need more information on how to fine tune the sizing of your Papa Nui cap? Our sizing page also contains information about how to stretch or shrink your cap.

Before attempting to stretch or shrink your cap, please see the Care section to see if this is possible with your model.

Shipping & Returns

We want shopping with Those That Know to be easy. To make sure you’re completely satisfied with your experience with us we have a simple Shipping & Returns process.


We use Royal Mail to ship orders. We charge a flat rate shipping cost per order based on your location. This is:

  • UK – £5 (Delivery in 48 hours)
  • Europe – from £6 (Delivery in 3-5 working days)
  • Rest of World – from £6.50 (Delivery in 6-7 working days)

You can find out more about our shipping methods and international zones on our shipping page.


We’re happy to accept returns or exchanges of orders in new and unworn condition with original packaging within 14 days of receipt. To return your order, please contact us first at [email protected].

For more information about the process, see our returns page.