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: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/foru...80&mode=linear
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.