View Full Version : Rocketeer jacket
10-16-2004, 02:38 PM
I've been trying to find out what type of jacket Cliff Secord is wearing in "The Rocketeer". It has a leather piece that covers the front of the jacket and buttons on three sides. Anybody have an idea as to what this is?
10-16-2004, 09:55 PM
I have seen that style of the triangular piece buttoned on a diagnal on vintage western shirts, if that helps.
10-17-2004, 04:14 AM
I think it is one of the old 1920's barnstorming jackets that would have been a private purchase.
Not unlike private purchase leather flight jackets as worn by Luftwaffe fighter pilots during WWII.
10-17-2004, 04:28 AM
But not sure where I put it, As it had that triangular config of silver buttons. But I have seen them as private purchast WW2 Luftwaffe jackets on Ebay. You could even ask one of the leather flight jacket manufacturers to make one for you in a nice oil pull horse hide? Aero would probably do that for you!
Mmmm, wonder if they could make me a Jennifer Connolly ...?
10-17-2004, 04:40 AM
Ken at Aero I think has one. Ask anyway! This is a 1930's German jacket.
10-17-2004, 03:37 PM
US Authentic makes a similar jacket:
10-18-2004, 11:53 AM
Search COW for the Wested replica. http://www.indygear.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4898&highlight=rocketeer
10-18-2004, 05:41 PM
I had forgeotten that Wested offered that replica. That really is a very cool looking jacket.
I may have to get one a a motorcyle jacket! I wonder if that helmet is street legal?
10-18-2004, 05:50 PM
Thanks for all the information. That Wested jacket looks perfect. Now to lose about 100 lbs. so I can get one that fits. ;)
10-18-2004, 06:05 PM
Originally posted by Kent Allard
Now to lose about 100 lbs. . . .
I know a guy who lost 40 pounds at the gym in one day. The exercise machine pulled his leg off.
10-18-2004, 06:58 PM
I'd need to have it pull off both legs and 1/2 an arm, but the jacket still wouldn't fit around my gut. I am working on it thought. Slowly, painfully but still working on it.
10-19-2004, 06:14 PM
Don't worry Kent. At least when the gut is gone, you'll have the proper fit. I have the opposite problem. I can't keep the weight on, and so everything that is supposed to be "fitted" looks caved in on me. sigh....
10-20-2004, 12:33 AM
The coat that the Rocketeer wore was made just for the movie. However, I did see once a 1930’s double breasted leather coat tike it. It looked very much like the one in the movie and had a label on the inside with a guy on a motorbike. So, originally it was a style that was popular with motorcycle riders. It’s a cool coat! I wish I could find one. Reason why not many were made is because all the buttons one would have to undo to take it off wold take some time. So, that’s one reason why most pilots didn’t wear a coat like it.
Here is a better shot of the coat from a cover of Adventure magazine.
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