Salty Old Flight Jacket on Test pilot

Discussion in 'General Flight Jacket Discussion' started by Bombing IP, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Bombing IP

    Bombing IP Active Member

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    uSALTYa2.png Any one have any idea of the maker of this jacket ? . No shrink wrap in those days just good ol tape .

    BIP
     
  2. Silver Surfer

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    could be an aero 16160, by way of looking at the pocket, and snap impression. also the 16160s that i have seen tend to display wear consistent with the wear on the jac in the pic. just a forensic guess, mind ya.
     
  3. mrchina

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    Looking at GW website, the jacket looks like the "Fried-Ostermann" A-2.
    Regards,
    Don
     
  4. Peter Graham

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    Does anyone else think the pockets look oddly high on that jacket ?
     
  5. Silver Surfer

    Silver Surfer Well-Known Member

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    probably a small guy wearing a small a-2 with normal sized [one size fits all] pockets.
     
  6. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    They do look high. I suspect it is an early ELC!
    Dave
     
  7. Silver Surfer

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    hahahahahaha
     
  8. Grant

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    Looks like a civi A-2 to me. Check out this 1957 film about the test flight, with an interview of the test pilot in the still, Peter "Pete" Girard. You can see a panel seam across the upper back as he walks into frame.

     
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  9. Falcon_52

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    Great detective work, Grant! Still a cool jacket - it definitely saw a lot of flight hours.
     
  10. Bombing IP

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    Grant you nailed it . I got to google the guy because you found his name he had an interesting life .

    BIP
     

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