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Famous People in Flight Jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Treetopflyer, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Marv

    Marv A-List Customer

    Is she wearing an Aplha I can't really tell from the utility pocket tag, could be I guess.

    Speaking of Alpha quaility wise, I don't own an original MA-1 but I did pick up a second hand Alpha MA-1 size XL off the bay which was manufactured in Vietnam (not sure what year this would have been from) and the quality of the jacket I thought was ok.

    The jacket being a little too big size wise, I decided to purchase a brand new Alpha MA-1 in a size L (which fits great) to which when it arrived I compared it to the other MA-1 and noticed quite a few differences between the jackets.

    The jacket manufactured in Vietnam is thicker, better constructed, better quality materials and hardware used, great knits and in what I would say is the standard olive/sage green colour - albeit as size too large at XL.

    The current 2015 spec MA-1 is made in China, thinner, lesser quaility materials used, construction seems ok, the nylon is of a very shiny appearence and also a lighter shade of green plus the pocket flaps have increased in size also when compaired to my other Alpha as well as the actual pockets having been pushed back slightly towards sides of the jacket.

    With nylon flight jackets being new to me at this stage I am not fully versed in all the nuances of the L-2A, L-2B, MA-1 etc so this is just pre-educated opinion at present.

    But I think what I am trying to say is that is seems Alpha have defiantly sucummed to the fashion market with their jackets more so losing the originality of what they first produced when styling their new jackets lesser keeping with the Mil-Spec patterns which is what we all love about flight jackets.

    My search for a mint/good original is still on I think but am willing to take the time to learn more about the nylon range so as to get the best jacket I can/afford etc.
  2. A few B&W and color shots from one of my favorite movies, "Strategic Air Command," with Jimmy Stewart.
  3. And one in an A-2 from BG Stewart's WW-II days:
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  4. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage Call Me a Cab

    great catch on that Stewart movie, I will have to find a copy... gotta love nylon porn!

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  5. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage Call Me a Cab

    Shearling fans should check this out. Go the link below and type "goose bay 1942" into the search box and click go. It will bring up a bunch of full-colour photos taken at a USAAF base in northern Canada during 1942. Lots of shearling on display, including the rare B7 coats, plus some A2s, cloth B9 parkas, and lots and lots of snow.

  6. willyto

    willyto Practically Family

    Those are beautiful pictures Doctor Damage
  7. IXL

    IXL One Too Many

    Those were just plain cool. Thanks!!
  8. devilish

    devilish A-List Customer

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  9. Benzadmiral

    Benzadmiral Call Me a Cab

    Hamlet in a leather jacket. "Oh, that this too, too solid hide would melt . . ."
  10. Dirtbagdiver

    Dirtbagdiver New in Town

    Wow, some amazing images there. Great to see all the different fits and the different body shapes. Makes me feel better about how I look in my b-3!
  11. TXFlyGuy

    TXFlyGuy Practically Family

    Great photos! Goose is often one of our emergency alternates during our trans-Atlantic flights. You can plainly see why we never want to go there!
  12. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

    How about Adolf "Dolfo" Galland? He didn't just favor the Spitfire! [​IMG]
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  13. basbol13

    basbol13 One of the Regulars


    And "The Baron"
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  14. Brettafett

    Brettafett Practically Family

    Always 1989. Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter...
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  15. kowalski

    kowalski Practically Family

    I have question ; film Auto focus and A2 jacket (Greg Kinnear)

    does anyone have any information in temat A2 ? it oryginal or repro ? ELC, GW ....ect...?

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  16. At the time that film came out, I seem to recall a lot of noise that he was wearing the very same A-2 that Bob Crane wore in Hogan's Heroes. Check this out:


    I think there was a discussion here at some point about what kind of A-2 it is. Try searching.
  17. Brettafett

    Brettafett Practically Family

    Yes, I recall that the consensus was that it was not an original WW2 A-2, but a dressed up repro (same one from Heroes).
  18. Costume department creation that Sinatra wore in film and that Crane later used in TV series.
  19. regius

    regius Practically Family

    how about this [​IMG]one famous person three flight jackets~!
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  20. Doctor Damage

    Doctor Damage Call Me a Cab

    I guess wearing over-sized jackets is now a "thing" but to me it just looks dumb:

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