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    Rank and Patches on Military Jackets - Might I Offend a Veteran?

    I have an AVI Leather Horsehide A-2 Jacket decorated to resemble the A-2's worn by the the actors in the film "The Memphis Belle." I have put on a leather 91st Bomb Group Patch bought from US Wings on the right chest and and a leather 8th Air Force shoulder patch on the left sleeve, purchased...
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    The Cockpit A-2 World War II Horsehide Jackets

    Hi all!!!! Good news!!!! I am getting a Cockpit A-2 WWII size 44 in mahogany early September. Thanks to all for your input. It is very nice to have been in contact with you all!!!!!
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    The Cockpit A-2 World War II Horsehide Jackets

    Sorry about that...collar was from a different post I made. The G-1 US Wings, the collar faded rapidly from seal brown to light brown with a greenish tint. But, I will still be getting the Cockpit A-2 WWII model....in seal brown.
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    The Cockpit A-2 World War II Horsehide Jackets

    Thanks. I'll probably just leave the collar unfinished. I probably will be buying some nice men's sports blazers. There is a good site online called The Territory Ahead that I bought a tan corduroy for around $150 recently. And am going to be buying another blazer (kind of a herribone...
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    Dying a G-1 Mouton Flight Jacket Collar

    Hi, I bought a US Wings G-1 around 1.5 years ago. The original mouton was dark brown like the jacket when I purchased but the collar has faded to a light brown/greenish color. Does anyone have any advice on how to restore it to the original seal brown color?
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    The Cockpit A-2 World War II Horsehide Jackets

    Hey thanks for the info...yeah, I liked the JA Dubow ones a lot. They looked authentic although I'm no expert. When I bought McCoy's A-2 long time ago, I think they were based in New Zealand, although I think they are now in Japan. I would opt for a JA Dubow, but their server isn't up for...
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    The Cockpit A-2 World War II Horsehide Jackets

    Thanks Jin, I am getting the Cockpit A-2 WWII jacket in Mahogany. I like the Russett too, but will go for the one that just feels right. I will be buying it in around a week and a half. Thanks for your input!!!!!
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    The Cockpit A-2 World War II Horsehide Jackets

    Yes, I have a Hammacher and Schlemmer M43 and it is nice. I don't wear it often....around the house and neighborhood mostly. I actually had a Real McCoy's A-2 around 20 years ago but sold it. It was very nice and I liked it....but I could never afford another Real McCoy's nor Buzz Rickson A-2...
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    The Cockpit A-2 World War II Horsehide Jackets

    Yeah I will check them out online.....actually right now looking at a Cockpit 40th Anniversary A-2....always save the most important decisions until the last minute....has actually served me quite well in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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    The Cockpit A-2 World War II Horsehide Jackets

    Yes I had thought the same, Jin. Easier for dressier occasions. I am an architect in San Jose, but need something that would look a little more professional....they say don't wear a bomber jacket on the job, but I am going to anyways....but yeah I probably will opt for the mahogany.
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    The Cockpit A-2 World War II Horsehide Jackets

    Hi My name is John....this is my first post on the site. I am getting a new Cockpit WWII jacket and would like to have anyone's opinion. Which shade of brown would be better.....light (russet) brown or mahogany (seal) brown. I also notice on the site, the mahogany has gussetts under the...

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