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1928-1932 Spalding Leather Flight Suit

Dinerman

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With its offset zip, belted waist, zipped cuffs and large map pocket, type of suit is one of the main sources of design inspiration for early motorcycle jacket designs.
 

Dinerman

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The helmet and boots are both original to the suit, late '20s. I just got in some vintage ads showing all three pieces. I'll post them once I get them scanned.
 

tmitchell59

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Absolutely amazing find! Museum quality. Does it have a back story? I haven't read through your entire picking thread. You are in a picking league by yourself.

What is the leather?
 

mihai

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Fantastic suit, congratulations. If I may ask, where did you find it? It is so rare, I'd feel guilty wearing it.
The bottom part resembles to my early 30s A-1 pants (Switlik Parachute) - see a sample here(http://stumptown-traders.blogspot.lu/2012/02/ww2-1-horsehide-flight-pants-by-switlik.html). Mine are in much better shape than the blog pair.
The upper part might resemble to the B-1 jacket. How does a B-1 jacket look like? Anyone has an idea?
 

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Leather feels like capeskin, the lining is a silk pile. I think the boots are horse. I got the original ads for the suit yesterday, and as you can imagine, this kind of specialty suit was super expensive new. Endorsed by Lindbergh! This design predates the A1 / B1 design by a couple of years, but you can definitely see where the army got some ideas from. I wish I knew more on the provenance, the dealer I bought it from bad their facts on it all mixed up.


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WhiskeyTangoFox

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That's a really nice example, Dinerman. It's interesting that the interior lining looks nearly identical to the 1st generation Werber B-2 jacket/A-2 trousers before they changed to the wool blanket liner. Thanks for sharing with us.

Noel
 

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