**news extra***NEW A-2 jacket company launched!!

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by PADDY, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    My good friend and vintage WWII A-2 jacket aficianado John Chapman, has just announced the launch of his latest enterprising project, the latest in a small exclusive global club of vintage flight jacket makers, the GOOD WEAR LEATHER COAT COMPANY.

    John is bringing years of knowledge, experience and love for the A-2 flying jacket, in recreating jacket models from a spread of wartime manufacturers, that include Doniger; Aero; RoughWear, Dubow, United Sheepskin and Bronco...and that's 'just for starters!!'

    READ ABOUT IT HERE:
    http://cornellsurgery.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1007&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

    A-2 Jacket Nuts are on CLOUD NINE over the attention to detail of his very first flight line of models!! (see some pics below).

    This is an exciting time for John, but also for all of us out here who love and appreciate what makes a good jacket a GREAT JACKET!! When it comes to the archetypal and iconic wartime A-2!!!

    WINGS OVER AMERICAN JOHN!!! I'm sure we all wish John Good Luck and Good Hunting!!

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  2. Alan Eardley

    Alan Eardley One Too Many

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    Good luck to JC

    Let us wish him success, which he deserves fully. A man who knows what he is talking about.

    Alan
     
  3. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    Well, this is welcome and wonderful news. no one knows more or is better qualified to do it!
     
  4. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    John's jackets are awesome. I have a Doniger on order with him. This is a very exciting project and I wish him every success.
     
  5. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    WHEN the A-1 is added to his inventory, well...

    I'll probably pull the trigger!!! using some of those fine hides he has, and knowing John will be 'dead on detail' with small pockets..etc, it's gotta be a winner!:eusa_clap

    If this works for John, let's hope the rest of the more established vintage jacket makers start raising their game!:eusa_clap
     
  6. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    An A-1 may be in the offing??? Ugh... I can always sell off a child for scientific experiments... :)
     
  7. Technonut

    Technonut Practically Family

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    VERY exciting news... :) The price seems in line for a qualty, detailed replica also...
     
  8. Rufus

    Rufus Practically Family

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    For those of us not members of the other forum... May I please inquire as to the details?

    Would some kind Soul be able to cut and paste from the other board?

    I'm worried about joining too many boards, lest I never gat any work done again!

    The perils of working from home!

    Kind regards, Rufus
     
  9. Todd M.

    Todd M. One of the Regulars

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    Hi ,I ordered a Bronco from Good Wear leather Co. I have to say John knows all the small details to pull off an exact copy of the originals.On the other forum we call it 1942 in a box.I will post some pictures when it arives.

    Thank you ,Todd M.
     
  10. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    He's a dark horse, that Chapman.
    I knew he'd been far too quiet for far too long.

    He's the one.
    He doesn't have, or need any of the excuses or limitations of the "other vendors". Zippers aside.

    Well done John, that D. Doniger looks fanastic.

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  11. greyhound68

    greyhound68 A-List Customer

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    Having had a chance to wear many of his "test jackets" which were outstanding I placed an order for a goatskin Bronco. I can attest these are the finest repro A2s I have ever seen. I have owned them all ELC, Aero, Buzz and RMNZ and none compares to John's Goodwear jackets. Good luck John with this project.
     
  12. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    Side-By-Side comparison of original and repro GoodWear...

    John (Brad was off that day [huh] )models his repro Doniger A-2 alongside an original Doniger. I know what 'I think..' but...What do YOU think?[huh] [huh]

    Bear in mind too, that the original is 60+ years-old!! The repro is freshly made.


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  13. Edward

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    Take away the patina of age and the insignia from the original, and even if I were a betting man, I wouldn't be putting money on an ability to tell the two apart. Sharp looking jacket!
     
  14. Smithy

    Smithy I'll Lock Up

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    I'm no A-2 expert but it looks bang on to my eyes!
     
  15. Feraud

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    The comparison shots look really good.
     
  16. Estevan

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    Unreal, JC did a bang-up job.
     
  17. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    OK, I'll flip all the cards here and say that I'm expecting a pre-production Bronco from GW any day now, done in "Battle Cattle," a very grainy steerhide. Will report fully when it arrives.
     
  18. Estevan

    Estevan One of the Regulars

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    Sorry Fletch...Who's GW?

    I like the term "Battle Cattle" though...Sounds "Rough and Tough":eek:
     
  19. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    Good Wear.
     
  20. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    I have not seen better.

    I am an A-2 snob.

    JC is a perfectionist.

    NOW the Japanese jackets look "Theme Park".

    Some time soon John, I need one.

    *M*A*S*H*
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