Old CWU 36/P

Discussion in 'Nylon' started by MikeyB-17, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. MikeyB-17

    MikeyB-17 Well-Known Member

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    Believe it or not, this I'd the first flight jacket I've bought in quite a while. I'm a fan of CWU jackets, having owned several, but mostly 45/P's. The only 36 I had I didn't bond with and sold it on, but that was a newer non-bi-swing version. Saw this older one on EBay cheap, so I nabbed it. It's certainly had some use, with stitch holes for rank insignia and other patches, but it's still quite serviceable. The zip has been replaced, with non-matching thread, but with a military Scovill, which I suspect may have been done on base. I like to think it may have done some flying. Label is hard to read, but it appears identical to the 1980 Center in 'Suit up!' Getting a fair bit of use at the moment, and surprisingly warm for the lightweight version.
     

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  2. Peter Graham

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    Looks really smart Mike. Wouldn't mind one of those myself.
     
  3. MikeyB-17

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    It's only the second bi-swing 36/P I've ever come across Peter, that's why I couldn't resist it. I love CWU's, very comfortable and practical jackets, my favourite wear-on-the-way-to-work jackets. The 45/P will come into play when it gets colder.
     
  4. colekwok

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    I think I have a bi-swing 36/p in my storage, let me take some pictures for you guys later on. Yes, the CWU jackets are indeed very practical.
     
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  6. B-Man2

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    Mikey B 17
    The 36/p is a good solid jacket. Yours looks great in you. Best part is you can pick them up for cheap money.
     
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  7. MikeyB-17

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    Thank B-Man, it’s had plenty of wear since I got it, but the 45/P has taken over now, it’s getting chilly!
    Colekwok, sorry I meant to reply to you, I think the zipper may be a replacement, the ones in ‘Suit up!’ Have all got the brass ones with big pullers, which is what both of mine have had.
     
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    Mikey, thanks for your reply. Anyway, that was what I suspected. But I must say the person did a really good job in replacing the zips. I can't find any obvious stitch holes at all at the seams.
     
  9. Pilot

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    Nice jackets. They show up here a lot on flee markets or in specialized shops in and arround Seoul, since we have several USAF and ROKAF airbases arround. Not sure all of them originals...but saw a few Alpha’s and Centre MFG’s.
    They all looked good with a big blackened sturdy brass zip...IMHO..
    What are the best contracts ( makers )?
     
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    I got a NOS Spiewak 80's CWP-45. It's awesome. A little short on me, but I love it and the materials are top-notch and thick.
    I get a lot of compliments on it which surprises me as it's too short, but I wear it anyway.
    I've handled a lot of new(er) MA-1's, etc. and this one has what looks like similar nylon outer as this jacket here.
    Good stuff, and I got it for nil.
     
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