Early A-4 Flight suits

Discussion in 'Related Gear' started by Roughwear, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know the production number of the first two A-4 flight suit orders? They are 31-297P and 33-1737P. I would imagine they would be fairly small judging by the small number of A-2s supplied to the AC from 1931-3.
     
  2. Carl

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    Possibly "Security Aviation Togs"
     
  3. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    They were actually made by the Lee Corporation as were many early A-4 suits.
     
  4. Carl

    Carl Well-Known Member

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    It does mention the use of "Lee" snap buttons in Full Gear .Were "Lee" a manufacturer of clothing to the US Military ? only one confirmed manufacturer in the list Andrew and the Security Aviation Togs example shown in Mathieu Bianchi's publication .
    Where to find such contract info ? :(
     
  5. Carl

    Carl Well-Known Member

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    Is "Lee" the same company that produced denim jeans etc ?
     
  6. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Yes, they did make the famous jeans too. H. D Lee Corporation was a large maker of work wear and had several contracts for A-4 suits. I suspect their early contracts were quite small just as early A-2 ones were, ie. under 2,000.

    https://www.lee.com/about/history.html
     
  7. Carl

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    i read that same website Andrew , but found no mention of aviation suits only coveralls which i presumed to be for the civilian market ? .
     
  8. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    There is no mention of them on this website, but in Full Gear there are pictures of 31-297P with "Lee" stamped on the snaps.
     
  9. Carl

    Carl Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately the contracts from pre 40 are not covered by my lists , but after a quick check there are listings for H D Lee from 40 onwards
     
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  10. zoomer

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    Once again reminders that the pre WW2 era essentially never happened, certainly not from the perspective of today's business or military.
     
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