What is this Aero?

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by AeroFan_07, Dec 2, 2021.

  1. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 I'll Lock Up

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    *Update* - this is a Route 66 - maybe we should call this the Aero Route 66 Thread.

    So I stumbled across this Cordovan "size 44" Aero a week or two back on ebay. Original owner was selling it, with dimensions but rather few details. Apparently is 3-5 years old now.
    It is FQHH in Cordovan, which is one of my favorite hides. The lining looked new (lightweight wool tartan) and the outside only had a few scrapes and scratches for wear, really not even broken in yet. I bid & won it, and have started putting it to use now.

    I have reviewed Aero's website, as well as Thurston Brothers and I do not see something close to what this jacket is. It has elements of several other jackets, just brought together in a unique way here. Maybe it was a pattern test for a new style of jacket? I like it a lot, just curious what the Lounge thinks this may be:
    • Rear outer kidney panel and small action back cutouts (like 4-pocket Cafe Racer)
    • Waist adjusters, mounted low
    • Windflap - not often seen on an Aero
    • Button type throat latch
    • Only two handwarmer pockets
    • Sleeve adjustment straps similar to the Wayfarer
    • Built as normal cut not slim-fit
    • Very little taper in the body
    • Highwayman or 30's half-belt collar (larger than some)
    It is also well appointed inside with moleskin lining in the sleeves and a really interesting pattern of tartan in the body, all with very minimal wear.

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  2. marker2037

    marker2037 Practically Family

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    Wonderful hide, great fit for you, but can't help on identifying it. I wouldn't care too much though, as it's awesome!
     
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  3. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 I'll Lock Up

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    Thanks Marker - yes, it's just a good jacket to wear & enjoy
     
  4. tmitchell59

    tmitchell59 I'll Lock Up

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    Nice jacket Randy! has features of Aero's original Hercules, Nice unique jacket.
     
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  5. Tusche

    Tusche Familiar Face

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    Looks like a Route 66 without the chest pocket to me.
    Years ago the older ones had a windflap.
    I own one with shearling lining.
     
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  6. ton312

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    What an interesting jacket! I love this combo of elements. I can’t help but wonder if it came from the “Will” era where there was more openness to mish mashing design elements. Beautiful results and a great fit!
     
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  7. Guppy

    Guppy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Customized Sheene?
     
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  8. El Marro

    El Marro Call Me a Cab

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    That would be my guess as well.
     
  9. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 I'll Lock Up

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    I wondered this as well. Maybe @Carrie @ Thurston Bros. would know, perhaps this was a test jacket for the Sheene model they have now.

    Tony that's a good point too, I have found that people often do not recall how "old" a jacket really is, and this could indeed have been from the 2010 - 2013 time-frame. The hide speaks volumes of Horsehide, not Steerhide.

    And overall yes, it's just a curiosity. I really do like it and I like how it fits too. Thanks, it is appreciated!
     
  10. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 I'll Lock Up

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    Hey look - there it is: :)

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  11. ton312

    ton312

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    That’s definitely it! Which model?
     
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  12. Grayland

    Grayland One Too Many

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    I recall Aero USA had a similar model called the California or Californian.
     
  13. Tusche

    Tusche Familiar Face

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    Here is mine.
    When I recall correctly it was built about 15 years ago
    A904F7D9-B006-4BE2-B3D0-47F068AD0D17.jpeg DB0D1715-24B2-4E2E-8D29-3CD17EB43DD7.jpeg during the Will era as a standard Route 66.
    Some years later I had sent it back to Aero for the modification that are the shearling lining and the fur collar.
     
  14. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 I'll Lock Up

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    Oops, forgot that - Route 66 without upper chest pocket.

    Tusche - yours is really nice!! I had never seeen a Route 66 in the wild until mine arrived, and yours with the shearling lining and fur collar is simply amazing. I also really like the dark brown FQHH on yours as well. I love Cordovan, but Dark brown suits the jacket very well.
     
  15. Tusche

    Tusche Familiar Face

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    Thanks,
    It is / was black FQHH.
    When I got it years ago it was for months my everyday jacket riding my motorcycle.
    It is unbelievable soft right now and the color has changed a lot.
     
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  16. Canuck Panda

    Canuck Panda Practically Family

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    Great jacket. The Hercules cossack features are nice touch.
     
  17. patrick_b

    patrick_b One of the Regulars

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    It's a beauty and fits you perfectly! Looks like it would fit me as well ;). I should start looking at pre-owned CXL jackets. The new one I had was a bit too stiff for me to wear comfortably but they looks so nice.
     
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