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USN M421-A

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Baron Kurtz, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    I've never heard of an original issue cloth A-2.
     
  2. Issued cloth A2? Never happened...:p
     
  3. nick123

    nick123 I'll Lock Up

    I think he means B-10
     
  4. thor

    thor One Too Many

    I'd say they're a bit on the large size with longish sleeves (I'm tall so the fit for me was spot on).
     
  5. Big J

    Big J Call Me a Cab

    Great tip Thor! Thank you!
     
  6. Those do look nice! Unfortunately, with the house remodel money is tight. I hope they are still making them next year?
     
  7. Some where, I saw a photo of a theater made cloth A2 in tan! I think it was India or Burma? Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the photo at the moment.
     
  8. Biggles88a

    Biggles88a New in Town

    Thank you, D., for the swell opportunity on eBay. It arrived an hour ago, fit is perfect, all is well. I have a Buzz Rickson reproduction that wears just as nice. Make no mistake, those jackets are the most versatile in warmer climates if one doesn't want to leave the house without a flight jacket. I'll wear the hell out of this Ralph thing with some minor modifications. It's just a classic and wears well. Make no mistake, the cloth is thin, but wears splendidly. Again, thank you, D. My thirst for any M-421A or variants is quenched for now. Oh, for interested readers I can offer some size input (the way I judged this XL RL from Vintage Haberdashers on eBay): Issue G-1 is a mid 90's Cooper size 44, Eastman products I wear size 44, John Chapman's jackets in 46 and all Buzz Rickson's as well as this RL fit perfectly in size XL. I am generally looking for a shoulder width of 20 inches/ 50 cm. I am six feet with 200 pounds. I prefer outerwear a little, but not ridiculously close to body form.
     
  9. Biggles88a

    Biggles88a New in Town

    Thank you, D., for the swell opportunity on eBay. It arrived an hour ago, fit is perfect, all is well. I have a Buzz Rickson reproduction that wears just as nice. Make no mistake, those jackets are the most versatile in warmer climates if one doesn't want to leave the house without a flight jacket. I'll wear the hell out of this Ralph thing with some minor modifications. It's just a classic and wears well. Make no mistake, the cloth is thin, but wears splendidly. Again, thank you, D. My thirst for any M-421A or variants is quenched for now. Oh, for interested readers I can offer some size input (the way I judged this XL RL from Vintage Haberdashers on eBay): Issue G-1 is a mid 90's Cooper size 44, Eastman products I wear size 44, John Chapman's jackets in 46 and all Buzz Rickson's as well as this RL fit perfectly in size XL. I am generally looking for a shoulder width of 20 inches/ 50 cm. I am six feet with 200 pounds. I prefer outerwear a little, but not ridiculously close to body form.
     
  10. HPA Rep

    HPA Rep Sponsoring Affiliate

    While on this topic, what do you gents think of the successor to the M-421A, the AN6551? The back design is the same as the M-421A, but it has pencil slots in the left sleeve and, obviously, more pockets. These are more scarce than the M-421A in collecting circles. Buzz Rickson's made one years ago that was as good as their M-421A.

    The M-421A lacked chest pockets largely because it was developed when the USN was employing the MkI life vest, but as they began to transition to the AAF B-4 life vest design, the ability to access chest pockets was then made much easier, hence a jacket design was developed to match the flying suits with their two chest pockets.

    The AN6551 reflects utility and refinement, much as the AN-J-4 did.

    an6551.jpg
     
  11. Ponsenby

    Ponsenby Familiar Face

    I scored a RL M-421 recently- love it, the cut and material are spot on! I got a large, I'm 6' and 210 lbs. Fits great!
     
  12. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    Apparently Avirex did a version at some point
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  13. Smithy

    Smithy I'll Lock Up

    It's a shame the OP, Baron Kurtz isn't around these parts anymore, that bloke could write an encyclopaedia about vintage clothing.
     
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  14. Mic

    Mic New in Town

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    I bought the Avirex jacket (above) on Ebay. It's a fine jacket, but with no pen pocket on the left pocket.
    I have the Doursoux jacket too. The cloth is a bit thin. No inside pocket, no pen pocket and the the bi-swing back is faked (not functional). After all to much money for a weak lookalike. I can't recommand this jacket.
    The WPG version is now on sale on Ebay. Just search for "M-421B". Unfortunately a bit pricey to order from Europe and I don't know the quality.
    The Haley Aviaton version is really good. I own one and this is my best. Size L = 44, so be carefull if you order one. At the time I bought it, there was only one size available. I'm still looking for size M.
    I'm always looking for resonable reproductions, but the market isn't overloaded. ;-)
     
  15. Tommy-VF51

    Tommy-VF51 One of the Regulars

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    Just dug this up. Was about to invest in a Buzz Rickson's AN6551, but they've sold out of all sizes but 36 in the uk/ Europe store. Anyone make a decent MIL-J-7758 other Real McCoy's?

    Tempted by the Haley Aviation AN6651, but would like to see better pictures than they have on ebay- particularly the collar down and what the bi-swing back looks like on a human form, rather than a mannequin. Also does anyone know what zip they use?
     
  16. Tommy-VF51

    Tommy-VF51 One of the Regulars

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    Sorry to bump this, but this is a gap in the wardrobe I really wanna fill. I'm particularly interested in finding out more about the 4 pocketed style of cloth/ summer flight jacket as well as hearing any feedback on different repros.
     

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