History Bunker WW1 Imperial German Pilots Jacket

Discussion in 'General Flight Jacket Discussion' started by CBI, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. CBI

    CBI Well-Known Member

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    Ordered this jacket from The History Bunker in Leeds. Ordered in a custom size. Yes, again made overseas, not UK.

    WW1 Imperial German Fighter Pilots leather jacket - black

    The jacket arrived and the workmanship is amazing. I was a bit worried that some portions were fake leather but they all past the "fake/real leather test with water. Maybe fake passes the tests these days. Smells like leather! Great WW1 vibe, looks great on. Need to take wearing pics. Not terribly grainy but I noticed it creases well. I am not much of a black leather jacket person but wanted one black jacket. This one is super heavy BTW. Lots of great details, inner pocket, etc. For the price - amazing. I will absolutely order a Hartmann jacket from them. They nailed the fit. Those pics to follow. Buttons inside like double breasted jacket. The only drawback is I will never this jacket enough to truly break it in.

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  2. Dover

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    Looks like a lot of jacket for the money. Looking forward to fit pics.
     
  3. Smithy

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    Lovely flying coat.

    The Bunker are one of very few who also offer a more than passable version of the long flying coat typical of those worn in the RFC (and made by a number of British companies specialising in flying and motoring clothing).

    But their really special coat is this one:

    https://thehistorybunker.co.uk/ww1-...Royal-Flying-Corps-leather-coat-short-version

    This appears to be an exact copy of the revised RFC issue short flying coat (issued from September 1913). I have never seen one of these reproduced and I'm very tempted to pick one up.
     
  4. johnwayne

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    I believe one of those UK companies was Mulberry, or maybe Burberry who certainly made trench coats - whatever, given the cost of either's merchandise today I can only assume back then they would have been a lot more affordable! Nice coat by the way - enjoy!!
     
  5. Smithy

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    There were quite a few different British companies which made flying coats and clothing and you can see advertisements for them in copies of "The Aeroplane" from the period. One of the main reasons was that officers mostly procured their own flying kit (up until 1918 when the first pattern Sidcot became standard issue and were very well received by aircrew) - this is also a reason why the RFC issued flying coats are exceedingly rare now. Arguably the most sort after British flying coat were the Burfron offerings from Burberry which were very highly regarded.

    British flying coats were highly sort after by Central Power airmen and you can see quite a few photos of them wearing examples which they've obviously obtained from downed Allied airmen. The best one I have is of Charles Jeffs of 56 Sqn after he was shot down, standing with his victor, Oblt Bruno Loerzer of Jasta 26. Both men are wearing British flying coats and Loerzer's is most probably a Burfron.
     
  6. Kennyz

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    Very nice jacket, CBI....and a bargain as well.

    Ken
     
  7. CBI

    CBI Well-Known Member

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    as worn a few quick pics - I know - I need the right kind of slacks and high German boots.........and a Fokker Triplane:

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  8. falcon_ib

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    Perfect fit! Great looking jacket.
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    Curse you Red Baron!
     
  9. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Looking great John. This is a quality garment unlike most of their RAF uniforms and related kit.
     
  10. R-975

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    That looks really good.

    Can I be a nuisance and ask you to measure the width of the belt please?

    My German utility jacket is missing its belt and I have been looking for a suitable replacement. I've no idea if the manufacturer sells spares, but yours looks just the right style. It might be a bit too wide though as my belt loops are 1.5" maximum.

    Mike

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  11. CBI

    CBI Well-Known Member

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    the belt is 2 inches wide

    Woo hoo - JUST ordered one of their Hartmann Jackets in a custom size and a one piece back.
     
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  12. R-975

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    Thanks for your reply. Shame it's too wide for mine. I'll keep looking!

    Mike

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