2004 Eastman RW1401p

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  1. fleet16b

    fleet16b Member

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    I bought this A2 brand new from Eastman in 2004
    Since then it has flown over 2000 flight hours in vintage aircraft , been to airshows all over N America , and has been involved in all manner of aviation adventures
    Had the zip repaired and knits replaced a couple of years ago but besides that it has served me well.
    A true testament to the durability of a horsehide A2
    The patch is the 34 th Bomber Sqd " Thunderbirds" some members belonged to the famed Doolittle Raiders
    I had the privilege of meeting the last Raider Richard Cole a few years ago and he was nice enough to sign the inside of the jacket .




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  2. B-Man2

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    Great looking jacket!
    The more you wear it
    The better it gets!
     
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  3. DiamondDave

    DiamondDave Active Member

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    Damn! You do wear them like they are meant to be worn. Great looking jacket.

    DD


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  4. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    It looks like an original.
     
  5. johnwayne

    johnwayne Active Member

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    Never been a fan of the 1401 due to its (IMO) slightly oversize collar but I have to say that is one nicely aged A2 that I'd be pleased to own, have you really not sanded it or HWT to get it looking like that? Does look like its a 40's original!
     
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  6. blackrat2

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    Very nice jacket
    As DD says nice to hear it being worn as per originals
    Patina is superb and the colour looks amazing
     
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  7. Silver Surfer

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    sung to that old doo wop song, "those oldies, but goodies".
     
  8. fleet16b

    fleet16b Member

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    Nope no sanding no hot water ..... the wear and tear is natural to the life it's lived. It goes with me everywhere
    The lack of finish on the arms is from rubbing in aircraft cockpits
    The back and shoulders are worn from aircraft shoulder harnesses
    It's spent most of its time in pre 1945 aircraft ..... just where is should be.
     
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  10. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    I think that it is outrageous wearing it whilst flying.
     
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  11. Falcon_52

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    Just outstanding! Plenty more flight hours left in that one. :)

    Noel
     
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  12. B-Man2

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    I love it !!.. using a flight jacket for its intended purpose. It looks great in the cockpit . Great photo!!
     
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