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Original A2s from my Collection

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by aswatland, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Pictures of many of the A-2s in my collection are in various threads in this section. Like most collectors I have up-graded jackets, sold some and bought others over the years. The photos below are of my current collection. I have posted them together so people can compare them.

    Aero W535ac21996 (1941) size 44 from the 528th Bomb Squadron, 5th AF
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    Poughkeespie W535ac28560 (1942)size 44
    The horse hide used by Poughkeepsie tended to be on the thin side, but varies considerably on each of the three jackets here.
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    Poughkeepsie size 44
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  2. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Poughkeepsie size 44 from the 570th Bomb Group, 8th AF
    Not a re-spray job, just made from a darker batch of horse hide.
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    Star Sportswear W535ac28557 (1942) size 44
    This delightful jacket is in mint condition and has not been attacked by moths!
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    Perry Sportswear 42-16175-P (1942) size 44
    Another mint example. Sadly the original spec label was removed by the vet and had it replaced with a GW copy.
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  3. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Spiewak 42-18776-P size 42
    This is a near mint example. The goatskin is is supple and strong.
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    Rough Wear W535ac16159 size 44
    This near mint example belonged to a captain in the CBI. I love the original patch, which is in superb condition.
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    Rough Wear 42-1401-P size 44
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  4. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Rough Wear W535ac27752 (1942) size 44
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    United Sheeplined 42-18777-P size 42
    The leather on this Sheeplined A-2 is made of thick veg tanned, aniline dyed hh.
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    David D. Doniger 42-21539-P size 42 (1942)
    The goatskin is in great shape, showing no rot or damage.
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  5. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    No-name-David D Doniger W535ac29971 size 42 (1942)
    This jacket is in excellent shape and the contract is one of the rarest of all A-2 contracts awarded in the war.
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    Dubow W535ac27798 size 44 (1942)
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    Monarch W535ac23378 size 44 (1941)
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  6. Cooperson

    Cooperson Practically Family

    Fantastic collection of vintage A2s - just love the color and patina of the first jacket (Aero). Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Cable W535ac23382 size 44 (1941)
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  8. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Cooper ac-23381 size 40
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    Bronco AC 29191 size 44
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  9. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Cable Raincoat AC27753 from the 390thBS in size 44
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  10. B-24J

    B-24J One of the Regulars

    Thanks for posting Andrew! The Poughkeepsie size 44 from the 570th Bomb Group, 8th AF is amazing.

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  11. Hello Andrew;

    You must have the most premier flying jacket collection on the planet.

    Just fantastic. I always appreciate your pictures.

    Regards,
    coffee
     
  12. rocketeer

    rocketeer One Too Many

    Nice collection Andrew, I reckon If I had that many I would be wearing them all the time. Do you wear them outside? War & Peace show etc?
    Hope to leave mine to my son when I'm 6 feet under. I just hope he has some interest in it, he's into what most young kids are at the moment, cars, beer, and girls!
     
  13. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Thanks chaps. I wear them to air shows and to other events, but not on a daily basis.
     
  14. rocketeer

    rocketeer One Too Many

    Got any old pics of jackets you no longer own? I love looking at them too. I have never had more than 4 originals, and never photographed them all, when I find the few pics I have I will post them on here.
    Had lots of sheepskins and a B15, a few G1s and a couple wartime versions M422A I think it was.
    Cheers, John
     
  15. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Most of my pics are in this section of the FL. I also collect Irvins and B-3s. The closed Irvin thread contains many pics of my Irvins and the current open original Irvin thread has the later ones.
     
  16. rocketeer

    rocketeer One Too Many

    Thanks, I'm sure I will spend many happy hours looking for them. I have also had a few Irvins and B3s plus an M445A that was my fave sheep jacket.:D
     
  17. aming06

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    It's amazing, very impressive
     
  18. Joel Shapiro

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    Your Roughwear 27752 in seal brown is my favorite. Feel like I made the right decision ordering the Roughwear from GW.
     
  19. jpholla10

    jpholla10 New in Town

    aswatland,

    Do you know anything about the patch on the no-name Doniger? I've seen that patch before in pics of my grandfather durin WWII. It's in a picture of him at flight school and I'd love to be able to identify it. Thanks for posting amazing pics of a truly superb collection.
     
  20. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

    It's an ATC patch-Air Transport Command, rather than a specific unit patch.
     

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