Weintraub Bros. (Patriot Uniforms) B-15C Flight Jacket

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Smithy, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. Smithy

    Smithy I'll Lock Up

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    Just picked this up, a Weintraub Bros. (Patriot Uniforms) repro of the Korean War era B-15C flight jacket. I'm very pleased, this is a deadstock one - sadly Weintraub haven't made these for a few years now - and it is a harder to find larger size, a 44.

    Anyway here's some thoughts regarding these less common B-15C replicas.

    Terms of reference

    In terms of B-15Cs I've had a Knox Armory, a Alpha Vintage series, and very briefly, a standard Alpha. I've never had a Buzz but have been fortunate to have handled an original (an Albert Turner) which a militaria dealer here had for sale last year.

    Pattern

    Very good. Similar to a Vintage series but perhaps even closer to an original. Windflap like most replicas does not come up to the top of the zip but the oxygen tab is stitched right through to the inside lining like originals. Wears very, very well and lacks the puffiness that many Alpha iterations have.

    Nylon

    Beautiful thick, lustrous nylon, non-creasing. Colour is perhaps a shade or so lighter than most originals but depending on lighting conditions ranges from navy to an darkish "air force" blue.

    Collar

    Synthetic mouton. Very, very dark blue. Looks bang on to an original. Has throat closure strap and stitch pattern on the back of the collar is correct.

    Hardware, knits, label and stencils

    Scoville zips, very sturdy with good clean action. I've never had a problem with Scovilles, they've always been bulletproof with me. Very good knits, dark blue and the wristlets are unseamed. Label is nice in the style of an original. I personally think Weintraub Bros., although not an original contractor of the C, the name sits well alongside Turner, Pritzker etc. This one has the inside USAF white stencil but no outside shoulder stencil. Some Weintraubs have this, some don't and to be honest, I didn't want it on this jacket. Many originals did not carry the shoulder stencil either.

    Workmanship and overall conclusions

    Workmanship of these US made Weintraubs is excellent, far better than the Alphas I've had. I think these might be the best C replicas short of a Buzz but for a lot less money. I've got a bit of a thing for B-15Cs and I'm absolutely thrilled with this one, it's a definite keeper.

    Here's some photos of the new acquisition. Photos are taken with flash so colour is not true. The closest in terms of shade is the last one showing the bottom knit and the Weintraub cardboard label attached to the zipper.

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  2. Doctor Damage

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    Beautiful jacket and now I'm really irritated that Weintraub doesn't sell or make these anymore!

    By the way, could you take some careful measurements please? When dealing with sellers that's not always possible and it would nice to have the measures for your size 44.
     
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  3. Smithy

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    Thanks Doc and no problem with measurements. I'll get the tape measure out and write them up for you.
     
  4. bn1966

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    Oh nice score Smithy, love the B15-C. Great review, I have found the quality excellent too with my recent Weintraub 'Vintage' MA1 & prefer it to the Alpha 'Vintage' Series version. Have just acquired a used Buzz B-15C this week & personally for the money think the Weintraub is superb.
     

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  5. theundeadkennedy

    theundeadkennedy One of the Regulars

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    Great score!

    Did your posting on the board lead to this acquisition or was it another route??
     
  6. Smithy

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    Thanks BN. It really is a shame Weinstraub have stopped making flight jackets as their offerings are very, very good. Maybe if enough people pester them they'll change their minds and redo them ;)

    Thanks mate. I actually posted my request over at VLJ as well and that's where I struck gold. There's more interest over there for nylon flight jackets so there's a few more people with them.
     
  7. Doctor Damage

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    I left another phone message last week at their company, but they'll ignore it (again). Their premises are in northeast Philly so if someone here is in Philly get over there and visit them in person and see what's what.
    I don't like VLJ's policy of refusing anonymous emails, although I know why they do it. I only use gmail right now, so I'm stuck, even though I use it for business, clients, etc.
     
  8. theundeadkennedy

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    Yeah I never got a response from them when I tried to use my apple email address.
     
  9. bn1966

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    So few used Weintraub seem to come up for sale I wonder what size their production runs were.
     
  10. Smithy

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    I don't think it can have been that large BN. A shame as their workmanship seems to be (at least judging from my jacket) noticeably better than Alpha's offerings.
     
  11. Smithy

    Smithy I'll Lock Up

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    Here you go Doc, measurements for a size 44 Weintraub B-15C:

    Pit to pit: 26''
    Sleeve: 28''
    Shoulders: 21''
    Back: 24.5''
     
  12. Doctor Damage

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    Thanks very much. I'm hoping to get one eventually (I'm not holding my breath) and it's good to have a sense of sizing. They seem to fit long in the arms and wide in the chest, but short in the body. There was a Weintraub MA-1 on e-Bay recently in size Small and I almost fit into it, even though I normally wear a Large!
     

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