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  1. Hi All, Please see a couple more images that show some of this Switlik jacket's unique details. Cheers, Dave
  2. Hi Again, Please see a couple of other views of my Switlik jacket. Cheers, Dave
  3. Hi All, I'm proud to present my now fully restored Size 40 SWITLIK PARACHUTE AND EQUIPMENT CO. M-422. When initially received it was a basket case. This Switlik jacket was taken down to it's individual panels by me. Then patterned and restitched in it's entirety. All done by carefully aligning all panels and restitching in 100% silk thread as per original. Most notably, also recently found that all M-422 jackets in general were in fact completely stitched in silk thread . To include the lining. Through my research at the National Archive
  4. Hi All, An example of that 1953 model & first version of a VF-152 wincing ace type patch being worn is seen below. This image was taken from 1953 cruise book of the USS Princeton (CV-37). The squadron's final Korean War deployment. This image is of Guy Bordelon and celebration that resulted from the 5th Kill and Ace status. Cheers, Dave
  5. Hi All, As seen from my personal collection please see a set of 1953 model VF-152 patches and first version of it's kind. This particular type patch was used during the squadron's last Korean War deployment while flying the F4U-4 Corsair aboard the USS Princeton (CV-37). Also seen Included is a smaller version and what might have typically been used for the squadron members hat patch. Cheers, Dave
  6. You brought up some good points on the differences between the M-422 and M-422A model jackets. However from those three know M-422 makers (Monarch, Switlik and W&G) only the W&G jackets were required to receive that added sleeve length with the advent of the M-422A. Needless to say, both Monarch and Switlik M-422 jackets came equipped with normal length sleeves from the get go ! Cheers, Dave.
  7. Hi All, It is my understanding that the 37J1 does in fact predate the M-422. However, it is also my understanding the navy discontinued issuing the 37J1 jacket with the advent of the M-422 in 1941. Moreover, I have it on reliable information that the 37J1 jacket was still being issued to new naval aviators at N.A.S. Pensacola well into 1941. Since sourcing an original Switlik M-422 my jacket has peaked my interest in the M-422 model jacket. My particular jacket is currently under restoration by me and will be posting some images here once complete. Not to mention & since I ha
  8. Hi All, The final version of the VA-55 Torpcat squadron patch and a particular favorite of mine.This image was taken from the 1954/1955 VA-55 XO's flight jacket & from within my collection. What makes my jackets so unusual is the fact that he had both VA-55's last Torpcat and 1st version of the Warhorses squadron patches attached to his (leather & canvas) flight jackets. Cheers Dave
  9. Hi All, A good non fiction read for those interested in the Air War in Vietnam. Specifically detailing the Oriskany's Air Wing during to the height of the air war in Vietnam. All of special interest to me because my late father's direct participation as the Air Operations officer to three Air Wing 16 CAG's. A position he held from 1966 through 1968 and an active participant. He is in fact mentioned a hand full of times in the book. The author Peter Fey does a fine job with his narrative detailing the extraordinary sacrifices and efforts surrounding the entire Air Wing. He also touches
  10. Hi All, A fine 1958 model VF-152 patch used the squadron flew the Banshee. The last of it's kind. Going forward and following their 1958 USS Bennington (CVA-20) WestPac deployment they transitioning to the AD Skyraider. Cheers, Dave
  11. Hi All, Thought that some of you all might enjoy seeing Charles Porter's 1949 model 55J14 G-1 again. Only this time seen adjacent to it's reproduction. These B-G INC 55J14 were among some of the last USN jackets to still utilize vegetable tanned goat hide. A hold out jacket designed after the M-422A with a more modern & less boxy cut. . Cheers, Dave
  12. Thought to include a VSF-3 patch to this thread. Especially since the combination of their Skyhawk a/c and men played such a great part in what initially made up VA-152. Soon after to be known as THE MAVERICKS. Original patches from this squadron are rare. As the life of this particular squadron was very short lived.As far as I know only existing long enough to do a work up a single WESTPAC combat tour. This particular patch is one of the many 1950's & 1960's squadron patches from within my collection, I am of the opinion that this was the finest patch made for any and al
  13. My late father's version of the VA-152 patch used during his command. Made in Japan upon returning from their 1968 combat deployment while aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34). At that time they were still flying the AD Skyraider. During that deployment CVW-16 endured 31 shoot downs. My father was a lucky survivor. Found an image of that 31st shoot down which can be seen on the deck of the Mighty O here http://raunchyredskins.us/operations/Wildman%20Bruflat.1.jpg . Father is seen in the back ground wearing his khakis, flat top hair cut and USNA ring just visible. . Soon after their retur
  14. Hi All, It was this thread that sorted out the knife that I have been after for some time. In this case, to replace my father's 1st (1954/1955) original issue USN Pilot's Survival Knife. That particular knife was given to me by my father when he was issued what he would then carry in Vietnam & what is refered to as a Jet Pilot type made by Camillus. The Camillus was issued to him upon joining VA-125 & just prior to deploying to Vietnam in 1966 aboard the USS Oriskany with CVW-16. . Both knives are now long lost & those losses can be.directly attributed to our many moves. Ho
  15. See here. A late War jacket. Leo was discharged in 1946 Cheers, Dave
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