1980 Gibraltar Tanker Jacket

Discussion in 'Nylon' started by Spitfireace, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    Vancouver
    Hi all, just thought I'd mention that I just had the surprise actually of buying a NOS 1980 Gibraltar tanker jacket from London and it's the same contract but NOS as the jacket I bought from Riverside California before a year or so ago. The odds of this is (weird) not sure. Same jacket but NOS. It smells like it has been stored for almost forty years. The only difference is that the left arm zip is different from Scovill that is on the first jacket that I got. Same year same contract. Also the right pocket has a crease in the pocket flap that is also the same in both. I thought this was an annoying thing in the first jacket I bought, but it seems like it is made that way.
     

    Attached Files:

    • 018.jpg
      018.jpg
      File size:
      3.3 MB
      Views:
      109
    • 019.jpg
      019.jpg
      File size:
      4.9 MB
      Views:
      106
    • 020.jpg
      020.jpg
      File size:
      7.5 MB
      Views:
      110
    • 021.jpg
      021.jpg
      File size:
      3.8 MB
      Views:
      108
  2. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    Vancouver
    I was expecting an Istratex or something like that since it wasn't described. Only as NOS and it turns out it is the NOS of the Gibraltar that I already have. So I'm chuffed as they say. I'm set for tanker jackets. 1980 vintage anyhow.
     
  3. Rutger

    Rutger Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,403
    Location:
    Hengelo, Netherlands
    Good for you! Wore them for quite a while, very practical jackets.
     
  4. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,460
    Please post a photo of the front of this jacket look like layed out flat. Thanks
     
  5. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    Vancouver
    NOS top and used in the bottom pic showing the right pocket flap creased (folded over top corner). I thought maybe it would be for better access to a pen slot or something like that but there is none there. Sorry not the best photos as they were shot in low light.
    008.jpg 024.jpg 008.jpg 024.jpg
     
    B-Man2 likes this.
  6. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    Vancouver
    Yup, that's why I bought another one. Gotta stock up on the good ones, don't know how much longer they might be found for.
     
  7. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,460
  8. watchmanjimg

    watchmanjimg Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,138
    Location:
    Orlando, FL USA
    Nice scores! As a tanker during the late 1980s I certainly love these jackets, although on my base they were only issued to aviators. The crease on the pocket flap is purely coincidental and was not placed there intentionally.
     
  9. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    Vancouver
    Thanks for the info. Odd that they weren't getting issued to Combat Vehicle Crew at least where you were. I guess the Tankers were issued cover all type suit? Ya, I suppose the pocket crease is a manufacturing anomaly.
     
    watchmanjimg likes this.
  10. watchmanjimg

    watchmanjimg Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,138
    Location:
    Orlando, FL USA
    When I served with the 4th Infantry Division the unit was considered low priority and did not receive the latest gear in most cases. Nomex clothing had long been the standard for aircrews but I guess tankers were expected to burn. We had the sateen summer as well as the lined winter mechanic’s coveralls, which were not fire retardant.
     
  11. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    Vancouver
    Burn baby burn......
     
    watchmanjimg likes this.
  12. Ed Rooney

    Ed Rooney New Member

    Messages:
    15
    The summer weight version of this jacket was my main flight jacket for a lot of years. We flew open doors during the summer in OH-58s, so another layer was often necessary. I had mine done up tanker style, BDU style namestrips, wings and rank sewn on rather than a leather nametag on the nomex hook and loop which never stayed hooked.
     
    Spitfireace likes this.
  13. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    Vancouver
    Got any photos?
     
  14. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    Vancouver
    we need documentation.
     
  15. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    Vancouver
    I have no summer tanker jacket, but I have a CWU 36-p jacket. Which is a summer for the CWU 45-p.
     
  16. Ed Rooney

    Ed Rooney New Member

    Messages:
    15
    I never really gave the things that much thought. It was just what everyone had, kind of like a field jacket liner or a poncho.

    Each time I got issued new flight gear, it included this summer weight version of the tanker jacket. At Fort Rucker for training they gave me the cold weather tanker jacket and the summer version. At the various units, it was this plus the CWU-45p. At one place, I also got the big parka. I never saw an issued CWU-36p in the Army. Mine was from a relative in the Air Guard, and I kept it until it was literally falling apart (about 11 months for most nomex gear).

    Here are some pics from the only eBay auction I could find.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    B-Man2 likes this.

Share This Page