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A-2 question

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Omne, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. Omne

    Omne Familiar Face

    Quick question, are there any jackets that look just like an A-2 but without patch pockets? I'm looking for something with side pockets I can put my hands into.
     
  2. The Aero Happy Days model would have been my suggestion too, though as Metatron says it is a fairly generic style, of there are plenty of other options if you want something cheaper. Vintage jackets might be a realistic option, as non-military vintage leather in this generic style tends to be much cheaper. If price isn't the issue and you want something new, Eastman's Air Comfort model looks nice too.

    http://www.eastmanleather.com/product_info.php?products_id=151

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  3. Corky

    Corky A-List Customer

    Back in the '80's it was considered a normal update to the A-2 to add hand warmer pockets.

    Check out the Avirex jackets:

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    [FONT=Helvetica, Arial]The current issue pattern includes side-entry handwarmer pockets (the first military-issue A-2 to include this as a standard feature), two inside wallet pockets, an interior double slotted pen/pencil pocket, and side panels for a more comfortable fit. Other features include a premium dark brown goatskin shell, two front snap-flapped cargo pockets, a snap-down collar (which secures the collar against prop or jet wash — or just a strong wind), an exterior windflap that conceals the solid antiqued brass zipper beneath it, a one piece back, knit cuffs & waistband, shoulder epaulets, and a poly-twill lining. [/FONT]

    http://www.uswings.com/ta2.asp
     
  4. HackerF15E

    HackerF15E Familiar Face

    And it's been part of the current-issue USAF A-2 pattern since circa 1999.
     
  5. Good points: I was thinking 'slash handwarmer pockets instead of patch pockets', but both can be had (probably easier and cheaper, too).
     
  6. Jaguar66

    Jaguar66 A-List Customer

    Gibson & Barnes Civil A2 has side pockets, although they also have the front patch pockets. I have 2, one in brown, and one in black. I like both. They run large, I wear a 40 or 42, and the size G&B that fits me is a 38R.
    http://www.gibson-barnes.com/Civil+A-2/id/18/cat_id/18/prod_id/54/

    Their F82 jacket has side pockets also.

    http://www.gibson-barnes.com/F-82+Flight+Jacket/id/18/cat_id/18/prod_id/62/

    Their Catalina jacket, while not having the knits, is an A2 style of sorts, with no patch pockets.

    http://www.gibson-barnes.com/Catalina+Airline+Jacket/id/18/cat_id/18/prod_id/61/
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  7. subject101

    subject101 One of the Regulars

  8. Windward

    Windward Practically Family

    Maybe I have found what you are looking for... AERO's Windward... its my Flight Jacket without patch pockets and with handwarmer pockets.
    BTW: I have made an own creation with knitted waistbands and cuffs and slightly alteration and features - I call it the "Bush-Pilot Jacket"!

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  9. Fifty150

    Fifty150 A-List Customer

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