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ALL ORIGINAL Irvin RAF type Jackets - Loving that Wolf in sheeps' clothing!

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by PADDY, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

    As we gradually disseminate 'all' the great information gathered from our love for the Irvin style RAF flight jacket into their separate categories (as the GREAT IRVIN THREAD was just getting too large and cluttered for referencing), so 'THIS' is the place 'HERE' where you can post all photos and information related to ORIGINAL IRVIN STYLE flight jackets (Irvin is just a generic term to describe a 'type' of sheepskin jacket in this case).


    For those who wish to 'reference' the original 'Irvin Nuts' thread, please CLICK on the link below, thankyou.


    ORIGINAL "IRVIN NUTS" THREAD
     
  2. Windsock

    Windsock A-List Customer

    Thanks Paddy

    Classic well known shot which for me embodies the essence of the Irvin

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  3. ethanedwards

    ethanedwards One of the Regulars

    ........ and possibly a less well known shot......... for me anyway........



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  4. blacklagoon

    blacklagoon One of the Regulars

    Fleet Air Arm

    Members of the Fleet Air Arm wearing their Irvin flying jackets.


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  5. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Although a small sample, your pictures lend weight to the view that the yellow-hooded Irvin was not generally worn by members of the Fleet Air Arm, but by those in Coastal Command. The third picture is of a two panel electrically heated Irvin, possibly the 1939 Irvin Air Chute contract, B25526. BTW where did you find these pics? Thanks for posting them.
     
  6. blacklagoon

    blacklagoon One of the Regulars

    Here are three pictures of myself,wearing a size 2 Irvin Coastal Command Jacket.
    I have two of these jackets.The other is a size 3,and away,waiting to be repaired.

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  7. blacklagoon

    blacklagoon One of the Regulars

    Three more pictures of Fleet Air Arm members wearing Irvin Flying Jackets

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    This picture is of a flying officer in Coastal Command,wearing his Irvin flying jacket.He is decorating the plane with christmas trimmings.

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  8. blacklagoon

    blacklagoon One of the Regulars

    These pictures are of R.A.F pilots wearing Their Irvin Jackets.The small scrambling picture was taken during the battle of britain.

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  9. ethanedwards

    ethanedwards One of the Regulars

    Great pictures these, thanks for posting them. In the last but one, I think that's Canadian ace Johnny Kent second from left.............. but Tim or Soren can probably tell you who everbody is in that picture............!
     
  10. blacklagoon

    blacklagoon One of the Regulars

    Here are a couple of more pictures of him wearing an irvin flying jacket.

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  11. blacklagoon

    blacklagoon One of the Regulars

    A few more pictures of canadian pilots wearing irvin flying jackets.

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  12. Just getting a bit off-topic, I'd like to thank you for posting this shot of my late friend Dennis David. I have many happy memories of visiting with him and his wife Margaret on my trips to the UK. He also hosted a few of us for dinner at the RAF Club in London.
    Now, time to get back on topic!
     
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  13. blacklagoon

    blacklagoon One of the Regulars

  14. N2S3

    N2S3 New in Town

    Winter flying - time to grab your Irvin

    1/11: I've planned a nice trip of winter flying. Snow, sunshining, smooth air, cold enough to grab my 24 year Irvin Replica. Preflight checks, jacket is solid warm. Thanks to Clive Cessna the 172 has not an open cockpit, the Irvin could be thrown to backseats.

    Ready to enter aircraft
    http://i469.photobucket.com/albums/rr53/N2S3/P1010098.jpg

    anybody knows this little 500 ft chapel in Cologne? Crossing Cologne CTR along the river Rhine
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  15. kampkatz

    kampkatz Practically Family

    Hohe Domkirche St Peter und Maria. Foundation laid in 1248. Has a rich history. Rebuilt after WW2 damage. A real historic beauty.
     
  16. How do you ORIGINAL Irvin owners...

    wash the pile and sheepskin facings before applying leather dressings such as Pecards? I know some wash repros and there are kits to purchase which allow a repro or any sheepskin jacket to be washed in a washing machine without damage BUT I would be afraid to do that with an ORIGINAL since I would feel the leather would be much more fragile.

    Anyways, any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,

    Bruce
     
  17. Don't.

    Some cretin over at VLJ destroyed an (IIRC) original D-1 by washing it. What a loss!

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  18. Care to elaborate on that Baron?

    I thought it best to have the leather surface COMPLETELY clean before applying leather dressing like Pecard? Am I wrong in thinking this? What about the wool pile inside the jacket? How would one clean it and remove dirt, grime, residue from age? Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,

    Bruce

     
  19. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    I have never washed an original Irvin as it will most likely ruin the jacket. If the fleece is dirty I wouldn't worry too much as it adds to the history of the jacket. Only apply a light coat of Pecards to the reversed sheepskin side (not the fleece!). It will be abosorbed in a couple of days. Then give it another coat a few days later. Don't over do the Pecards and wipe off any residue.
     

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