PDA

View Full Version : Used WWII Bomber jackets



TangmerePhilipp
11-29-2004, 11:45 PM
Would any of you chaps know of a place where I might find original flight jackets worn by US aircrew during WWII?

An authentic recreation with a vintage look is also appropriate for the purpose (want it for a gift), and theater is of no particular importance, just as long as there are interesting patches, the jacket itself is nice and in decent quality.

I am trying to reqard my little brother's growing interest in aviation by giving him something he already considers to be the coolest thing next to girls;-)


Thanks in advance!


Cheers!

TangmerePhilipp
11-29-2004, 11:45 PM
Would any of you chaps know of a place where I might find original flight jackets worn by US aircrew during WWII?

An authentic recreation with a vintage look is also appropriate for the purpose (want it for a gift), and theater is of no particular importance, just as long as there are interesting patches, the jacket itself is nice and in decent quality.

I am trying to reqard my little brother's growing interest in aviation by giving him something he already considers to be the coolest thing next to girls;-)


Thanks in advance!


Cheers!

TangmerePhilipp
11-29-2004, 11:53 PM
If you chaps have seen this book, the jackets inside are exactly what I'm looking for:

http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=0764310658

Cheers!

TheGozr
11-30-2004, 02:54 AM
I have one given by a old friend who flew in bomber in Europe.

I have it here great shape a small size , brown http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif too small for me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Aaron_GT
11-30-2004, 04:03 AM
Which country are you in Philipp?

I used to have a few jackets.

Also what sort of jacket do you want?

The main choices are:

B14 (smart woolen jacket, theoretically flight wear, but too smart for it, really)

B15 (cotton outer, woolen interior) for bomber crew

B2 (from memory) sheepskin for bomber crew

A2 - classic fighter pilot's jacket.

A jacket similar to the MA-1 bomber jacket just clipped the end of the war, but most you see are likely to be late 1940s.

WIFC_subg
11-30-2004, 07:52 AM
If you are in UK there is a place in Bungay/Norfolk/Suffolk border that makes recreations, i will try to get more info for you but dont have any at hand but i know they make quality stuff and probably bespoke too

WIFC_subg
11-30-2004, 07:55 AM
fogot, they also sell recreations at Imperial war museum, Duxford - in the US memorial museum, they have real ones on display of course but i think they would object to your kid brother having one to chat the girls up in -however much of a traditin it was back in the forties for real USAF servicemen!!

TangmerePhilipp
11-30-2004, 08:14 AM
Thanks for the responses guys!

My brother lives in the UK, so it wouldn't be a problem to get one of them. I also have many friends and relatives in the states that could arrange something for me from there as well.

With regard to the model, I really care more about the designs patches than the actual model itself. If I could have awesome designs on a model of my preference, then by order of preference, I'd choose the B-6 and then the B-3.

BTW, I obviously expect to pay for these so I doubt they'll mind if it is a 22 year old that'll be wearing the jacket. Remember, its for a good cause, so any aviation enthusiast should aprove of me trying to instill "the bug" further into my brother.!!! ;-)

I have found some good recreations, with few having had a special treatment to age the leather, but those that offer patches and insignia do so in a very military structure.

(The whole attractiveness of these jackets to me was the free spirit and "morale designs" that one could find on them.)

DRB_Hookech0
11-30-2004, 08:42 AM
Try here for really good replicas

http://www.flightjacket.com/

TangmerePhilipp
11-30-2004, 09:05 AM
Fantastic site! They even do custom jobs! I don´t know about the quality yet but it looks awesome!

Thank you DRB_Hookech0!

Tater-SW-
11-30-2004, 09:10 AM
Read THIS:

http://www.acmedepot.com/a2jacket/index.shtml

He even rates modern replica jackets based upon thir fidelity to the real thing. Eastman and Real McCoys are the only two types of modern jacket worth buying if you want authentic patterns. Expect to pay >$600, particularly if you want it painted.

tater

J_Weaver
11-30-2004, 11:36 AM
I've got a WWII A2. Its aged beautifully, the patches are gone but you can see little needle holes from where they were. My dad has a RAF Irvin sheepskin jacket, its one of the coolest jackets I've ever seen. uswings.com has some nice reproduction jackets, check them out. The Avirex brand jackets are very nice. Dad also has one of their B3 sheepskin jackets, Its great too.

MOH_GUMBY
11-30-2004, 06:53 PM
Sir...

Try this:

http://www.neilcooperusa.com/

WereSnowleopard
11-30-2004, 08:51 PM
Hey, You can check Luftwaffe leather jacket, even have one what Erich Hartmann wear similar!

http://historypreservation.com/hpassociates/eastmanlanding2.php

Cheers
Snowleopard

Capt_Pepper
11-30-2004, 11:19 PM
I don't know how interested you are in a copy, but Wilson's Leather here in the States has as close to an exact duplicate as I've ever seen...No patches, but quite affordable.

http://www.wilsonsleather.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=1831963&cp=1855604.1832011

TC_Stele
12-01-2004, 12:48 AM
That History Preservation site has a lot of nice stuff but wow that's pricey. Was thinking of getting an officer's crusher hat for the trackir but heck its $170!

Nice stuff none the less.

Aaron_GT
12-01-2004, 05:29 AM
I remember when I thought one of those caps was expensive when you could get a real one for 20, and a B15 jacket was 15. Ah.. the 1980s...

TangmerePhilipp
12-01-2004, 07:06 AM
How much do you guys think that an original B-6 or the navy versio of it (don^t remember the designation now) for example would cost?

Taylortony
12-01-2004, 11:29 AM
These entertain trades ( Link Below) as well as make them, i would type flying jacket on ebay.co.uk as well as stateside, there are often genuine ones for sale, one of the crew of the b17 sally b was selling his with all the sally b patches on etc recently..

site with geniune items that do entertain trades is

http://www.lostworldsinc.com/LostWorldsCollection.htm


out of interest5 i had a quick peep on the uk one, there is a film prop one from the memphis belle see

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=18834&item=6724422467&rd=1

http://www.cottingham.co.uk/ebay/fj2.jpg

a genune irvin and a genuine luftwaffe
see

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4726&item=2289197884&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=30220&item=4507839729&rd=1


and a replica us one with all the badges see
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=38393&item=6726309936&rd=1

Aaron_GT
12-01-2004, 02:50 PM
If you want to wear suitable jackets to represent the planes we have in the game now then the A2 (for fighters) and B15 (for bombers) are good choices. The A4 flying suit is a good choice for European operations, and the khaki or olive drab cotton Army Navy flying suits for the Pacific (can't remember the designaions).

If you are going the whole hog for the leather bomber jacket really you need to team it up with the bib trousers and the electrically heated blue 'bunny' suit. I've often wondered if one of those that plugs into the cigarette lighter socket of a car wouldn't sell well in the colder climates such as Canada or Norway for winter driving :-)

widgeon
12-01-2004, 04:07 PM
http://historypreservation.com/hpassociates/index.html


Widgeon