In the case, an early G-1 & tailored to better fit it's intended use over most earlier WW-2 era jackets. This Aviators Clothing jacket is truly a between the Wars mil spec made jacket, issued well prior to the Korean War. Made during a time when naval aviation had been diminished to pre WW-2 levels. By 1950 the number of active duty aviators were at an all time low.
Likewise, this particular make jacket is arguably from one of the all time lowest volume contracts ever let by the USN post WW-2. As a result seldom if ever seen come available. Currently, I've only been lucky enough to come across two of these beyond rare jackets. All accumulated over an eleven year period.Not to mention, all of those original jackets were found to have red rot in their hide & as a result to fragile to have been worn. However, there was still enough there.
To accurately remake this particular 55J14 model G-1 reproduction jacket's pattern. One of these same original Aviators Clothing jackets is seen in the last descriptive images. That remarkable image was taken in 1950 or 1951 off the coast of Korea during the Korean War.That naval aviator is seen wearing his Aviators Clothing Co. Jacket was a member of VF-874 and flew F4-U Corsair in support of UN troops off of the USS Bonhomme Richard. A great example of an aviator from back in the day who was issued and wore this exact same make G-1 flight jacket. As with all of my reproductions I have taken the time to.
Study this Aviators Clothing Co. Rather by taking my original jacket down to it's individual pieces, then patterning it complete to get the absolute most thorough & complete translation. When I do my reproductions I do not miss much. In essence, I know this jacket both inside and out.
Not withstanding & since I own this same make jacket in. Sizes, completely understand how it was originally.Sized and can grade them accordingly to any size. It is my observation that Aviators Clothing Co originally utilized the best points from the. Esigns from two just earlier late War AN model jackets. Both the Arnoff and Bogen & Tanenbaum flight jackets were those two jackets used to create this jacket.
However that is where the similarities end. As each maker had their own take on any particular design and shape for each particular part. Thereby, each maker has their own individualized pattern completely. Of one another & no make is exactly alike. With these early USN jacket makers who built into their design (both inside and out) multiple individualized unique.
Right down to those seam allowances used by each. Thus giving each individual make flight jacket it's own look & feel when worn. To create this 55J14 model jacket verses the WW-2 type can be found in several areas.To begin this design has fewer 90 degree angles and more taper from the under arm as that panel. Another noteworthy difference with this particular maker's design is how it's sleeves are incorporated into the pleated (action) back panel. Therein adding much to mobility and making this particular flight jacket one of the most free moving G-1 ever made and an absolute pleasure to wear. Another one of it's more defining. Of this make jacket over all others is it's most. The look of this jacket is in fact more blousy than most all other G-1 jackets I've ever encountered. Adding much to it's classy look.
Make jacket was the first USN jacket designed with a well defined drop to the front panel as compared to any other USN jacket made to date. That drop was created by appreciably lowering it's front panel as it moves forward & away from the side seams towards the leather. Tab or zipper connection point.Thus making a wedge of leather directly underneath the pockets. Creating a well defined fold to the front panel's leather between the zipper track and immediately forward of the pocket. All of which can be seen in my Aviators Clothing Co jacket example, to include that original Korean War era picture as seen in that last attachment. A look found like no other which greatly enhances this jackets style over most all others.
The example of this reproduction Aviators Clothing G-1 seen in the descriptive images was built using a naturally grainy vegetable tanned goat hide of a superior quality. Created specifically by me for this build.Sourced out of Italy in a minimum order. So I have plenty of this same seal brown colored 1.1 mm thick goat hide available to me. Much unlike chrome tanned which is now seen used on more modern USN type jackets. Once well worn, this vegetable tanned type of hide offered here will eventually develop patina.
Thus adding even more character and grain with wear. Your proposed jacket's mouton will come from a same era vintage garment.
Carefully selected by me and then expertly attached. Thus better correctly recreating that just right look and like no other.
The rayon lining material that will be used for your build was sourced out of the UK. This proposed high end lining is the same type originally used on early USN type flight jackets. That sourced lining material to be used is the absolute thickest and correctly colored rayon I have ever encountered & available in correct shades of brown.The size 40 seen in the descriptive images came quipped with a correct era NOS blackened brass Conmar zipper assembly. All pending builds will be done using a blackened Conmar reproduction chain and correct original slider. Same era buttons and exactly like original 100% wool rib rack knits. To further the authenticity of this build there are a couple of other original features that will be found on my jackets. To include (main & size) labels originally found on this same model 55J14 jacket that I have had duplicated. All of my jackets are built using a correct vintage Reece 101 keyhole buttonhole machine. Just like originally used back in the day by these USN jacket builders. Used to created their pocket flaps and throat latches. As I have restored one of those same keyhole buttonhole machines used back in the day to perfection.
Even more importantly self taught on how to maintain it. Should you want a new build there will be a waiting period. At the stated price point this jacket can be built in size 36 through 48 as needed.I'm enthusiastic about all things vintage jacket. I collect them, wear them, build them, refurbish them and they are a favorite topic of conversation. Please feel free to contact me and discuss.
The item "AVIATORS CLOTHING CO. INC 55J14 G-1 1949 MODEL KOREAN WAR USN FLIGHT JACKET BUILD" is in sale since Thursday, June 13, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Korea (1950-53)\Reproductions". The seller is "sheeley8yv5" and is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.