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post #46 of 60
Originally Posted by AlanC View Post
Sons & Lovers in Aqaba?

Apparently Belstaff reads RJman as they've changed the description now.
Note to self: Use powers for good.

I think TE Lawrence was more of a lover of the sons, especially if they beat him.
post #47 of 60
My thought on "classic" means "real". So I went to my closet and pulled out my jacket, which was given to me by my father on my 18th birthday. He flew for the USN as a fighter pilot in the Marines, starting in about 1953. So the coat is about 55 years old. And it is obviously 100% authentic. It is this type of jacket: Except mine (and this is the cool part) has the squadron patches still on the coat. They had taken them off the coat, and my mother had put them in a "keepsake" type frame. But my dad had her sew them back on the coat when he gave it to me. The label reads: Burea of Aeronaltics U.S.N. Jacket, Intermediate G-1 Specification Mil-J-7823 (AER) Cagleco Sportswear Contract No. N383s-92NA Size 46 It fits great (and my normal U.S. suit coat size is 42 regular) So me, that is a classic flight jacket. He didn't fly bombers (although he could), he flew fighters. After service he flew commercial for 33 years. Had one of the "cuban hijackers" back in the 1970's tried to hijack his plane they would have been in for quite a surprise... courtesy of his service revolver which a Marine keeps with him for life.
post #48 of 60
Originally Posted by Soph View Post
For the more adventerous:

post #49 of 60
Thread Starter 
Please excuse my ignorance but could you please define "blouson?" I assume it's of French origin. Difference betwen bomber and blouson? I haven't been running much into that name of apparel.
post #50 of 60
Originally Posted by Lafont View Post
Please excuse my ignorance but could you please define "blouson?" I assume it's of French origin. Difference betwen bomber and blouson? I haven't been running much into that name of apparel.

blouson [blew-zon]
a short loose jacket with a tight-fitting waist [French]
post #51 of 60
Thread Starter 
Sure, but concerning the ad you just attached, how does the "blouson" type of jacket relate to the bomber Or perhaps even the biker jacket? How much is the term used in the U.S? Much more in the UK?
post #52 of 60
Blouson is an old term... even Baracuta G9s back then were called blouson jackets.
post #53 of 60
A lot of fruity jackets here.

These are some true "bomber" jackets.
post #54 of 60
I don't know whether it would be classic or not but I think suede works fine as well. It is more versatile IMHO. I like this one from Polo Ralph Lauren's Blue Label. It was available in Fall 2007 season for (as far as I remember) 699 dollars, but it reduced to approx. 250 dollars after X-mas. Interestingly the very same jacket with the very same MSRP started to be sold in this spring season. I don't know whether you can still find in the stores though or whether they are currently on sale. (BTW, although, as noted above, I think that suede bomber would be versatile, for this particular RL jacket, I think you can only wear it in winter and early spring or so because the wool fabric on the waist and on the sleeves as well as the lining will keep you warm)
post #55 of 60
Thread Starter 
I think of suede as a whole different ballgame....
For those of you fortunate enough to find "Classic Style" magazine, I saw one again last night in a Barnes & Noble and there was a four-page article on the A2- bomber. Very nice. One brand discussed was Good Wear, which at least one of you is familiar with.
It's kind of hard to find on the web - do any of you know difinitively what became of the Cooper company (once actually with a good Fifth Avenue address) that made these - military as well as civilian - flight jackets? Was it bought out by another company that still makes them? From everything I've seen the company definitely no longer exists as such.
post #56 of 60
Thread Starter 
'Saw an A-2 Cooper flight jacket in a shop yesterday. It had the orange Cooper label (not like my Cooper label at all) and a velcro rectangular piece on the front. Label said it was made for the U.S. Air Force.
What's the story with the velcro? What was supposed to be attached there? Any idea what years this jacket might be from? They were asking $100. I think I got a better deal with my G-1; I like the feel of the leather better, I don't want to add something to the front, particularly (though I suppose I would were I happy with a jacket that came with the velcro), and I guess I like the G-1 look better with the fur collar (jacket stands out more). But then there's nothing saying mine was made for the military (and I can't say I really care, but I realize that's a big to-do for some - particularly if it's from a war). At least I think the label for the one on sale said that.
post #57 of 60


I have written a post that explains the history of the MA-1 jacket and selected some products for guidance.


I hope this helps!

post #58 of 60
The beginning of the 21st century was only sixteen years ago. Were cockpits unenclosed as recently as that?
post #59 of 60

First comment on here, bombers are a classic staple, I really like the suede bomber, a constant staple. Cheers 

post #60 of 60

velcro is to attach the pilots name (and rank i think). civvy jackets usually don't have that.

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