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The label indicates a 1943 contract. The insignia for Army Air Forces indicates WWII or earlier.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

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Its real, but dont wear it around. Those B-3 jackets are fragile and tear easily. Dont put it on a hanger.

 

Kurt

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WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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And probably one of the nicest ones I have seen in many years.

 

TH1

Collector of WWI US Navy "Donald Duck" Caps and Hat Tallies - Looking for Tallies from the USS Carp & USS Chauncey

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Beautiful jacket, but Kurt is right. There's something about the way the leather in those jackets was treated that makes them tear very easily. Your friend should store it flat and avoid the temptation to wear it!

Looking for older Virginia Military Institute items: insignia, uniforms, cadet sabers, documents, and groupings belonging to VMI alumni.

Also interested in Virginia Reserve Militia (VRM) uniforms and insignia, or other items of general Virginia interest.

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Nice. I have two and they both have tears. One, from a vet, was damaged when he tried it on for nostalgia. It would otherwise be excellent. That one looks like a great example of an ANj4! In a word, not a wearer! And please tell him to keep it off regular type hangars!

Dave

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And please tell him to keep it off regular type hangars!

Dave

 

They addressed that on Antiques Roadshow this week: guy brought in an A-2 leather flight jacket (with an Airborne unit patch). The advice was to store it flat. These big heavy bomber jackets need that even more than the lighter A-2's do.


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The label indicates a 1943 contract. The insignia for Army Air Forces indicates WWII or earlier.

 

Correct on the contract being a 1943 award. The AAF decal, however, indicates application between 1944 and until the advent of the USAF in 1947. The decal transfers were approved in Oct. 1943, but none were available until early 1944, and some of the earliest decals were monotone types in silver or black due to production issues with full-color types. Decals were applied at any of the base air depots by personnel of Air Materiel Command. Prior to the noted dates, there were no decals used on AAF flying clothing and gear.

 

This is very fine flying jacket, which is indeed more scare than the quintessential B-3 flying jacket, as production was well less than a year and for far fewer in number. Always a treat to see these in this condition!

Collecting combat-attributed and super-pristine artifacts, uniforms, helmets, and gear of the USAAF, U. S. Army, USN, USMC, Luftwaffe, Heer panzer, and Waffen SS combat troops of WWII.

 

Always buying mint-condition U. S. Army Field Jackets, Winter Combat Jackets, Arctic Field Jackets, Mountain Jackets, and Parachutist Coats and Trousers.

 

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