A-1 Jacket / A1 Flying Jacket - The ultimate Golden Era flying accessory!

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Matt Deckard, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. Matt Deckard

    Matt Deckard Man of Action

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  2. Wild Root

    Wild Root Gone Home

    Monrovia California.
    One word... RAD!
  3. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

    Hardlucksville, NY
    That is a beautiful jacket Matt!
    I'd say it's totally rad! :)
  4. Matt Deckard

    Matt Deckard Man of Action

    Thanks for the lead Senicko... That's a good looking one too. Just much too big for me.
  5. Senicko_Spain

    Senicko_Spain Suspended

    Where you're not.
    No problem Matt, I actually saw it the other day, I'm not crazy about the A-1s however, I would consider wearing one if the price was right.

  6. Matt Deckard

    Matt Deckard Man of Action

    What I like about the Aero version is the collar and the high pockets. I have a friend with an original which he had on display once at a 40's dance (Satin Ballroom) and from what I recall it had that long pointed collar and the high pockets (I could be wrong).

    The real reason I like it is because it is just so old school and pre-WWII. No zippers.

    I admit too that I am caught up in the gimmick of it being Cape skin leather... original specifications and all makes me think it's closer to what they had back in the 20's. I like that.
  7. Matt Deckard

    Matt Deckard Man of Action

    Might have been while you were on your mission Root.

    The cincher for me on the Aero A-1 is the collar.
  8. Batou

    Batou Guest

    A-1 jacket?

    Hi all,

    I've decided to get an A-1 jacket, and am looking at the Eastman and the Lost Worlds (leaning toward the latter). Anyone have experience with either? TIA!
  9. Andykev

    Andykev I'll Lock Up Bartender

    The Beautiful Diablo Valley
    My Vote

    Try Flightsuits. I bought one of theirs and it is beatuiful.
  10. MikeyB17

    MikeyB17 One of the Regulars

    Cornwall, UK
    Worth looking at Aero too-they are currently doing an A-1 in Cape sheep leather, as per originals. Nobody else is doing that at present as far as I know. They're still doing free shipping to the US for orders over £200 too.
  11. Chamorro

    Chamorro A-List Customer

    When did Flight Suits start selling A-1s? I thought they only made A-2s.:confused:
  12. Cienfuegos

    Cienfuegos New in Town

    Gran Canaria
    A-1!!! Beautiful Jacket. I am interested in this one for some time.
    Of LOST WORLD I do not have any article, therefore he might not advise you. Nevertheless I possess two Eastman, concretely A 2 standard of them in Horsehide and it is an excellent reproduction, also I have Hartman Luftwaffe that is the one that more it is usual for me to use to mount in motorcycle and this one is impressive.
    The inconvenient only one of Eastman can be the price, but I would recommend these jackets.:)

  13. Matt Deckard

    Matt Deckard Man of Action

    Too bad the dollar is sooo weak compared to the pound. I still eant a good Aero jacket.
  14. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    Matt- keep your eyes peeled on Aero's "sale" page- always something there in a vintage style. And remember, these are quality jackets, made from quality hides, not your average "antique lambskin" offering- a good leather costs of course and is a primo item of clothing.
    What size do you take in a jacket???
  15. ShanghaiJack

    ShanghaiJack One of the Regulars

    Eastman A-1

    I own one of the first Eastman A-1 Summer flying jackets. The hide weight, colour, lining and knit is amazing! I've handled an original, and Eastman's is very good, and quite accurate. The only exception is that the hide is Aniline Steerhide, and not capeskin. [depending on ones research, steerhide was used on later A-1s and is accurate in this reproduction] But one of the most wonderful qualities about this jacket is that it ages [distresses] quickly, naturally. I wore mine for one month solid, in various weather conditions, and it literally aged before my eyes. GORGEOUS!
    Tails Up!
  16. The Mad Hatter

    The Mad Hatter A-List Customer

    There was no single, standard, "correct" A-1, so you shouldn't be too fussy about the details.
  17. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    Aero make capeskin jackets.
  18. Matt Deckard

    Matt Deckard Man of Action

  19. shamus

    shamus Suspended

    LA, CA
    As to sizing from Aero...

    In their regular jackets.. ie: Highwayman, Half-belt. Go with your size. If you need longer arms... ask them.

    As to A2's. They run one size smaller. I wear a 44, I order a 46. It fits great.

    I would assume the A1's fit the same.

    Also check their sale page. You might get lucky.
  20. MikeyB17

    MikeyB17 One of the Regulars

    Cornwall, UK
    I have to say that all my Aeros (A-2, B-3 and Highwayman) are spot on to ticket size-I'm I have a 42" chest, my jackets are all 42s and fit perfectly. My advice would be contact Aero with your measurements, they will sort you out.


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