B-15B Jacket with Presidential History

Discussion in 'General Flight Jacket Discussion' started by Justin B, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. Justin B

    Justin B Member

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    Just got this B-15B (Size 44!) Jacket in a group of unrelated items in a "have to buy it all" situation. I researched the name (Walter B. Staudt) and low and behold, this was the famous Commander of President George W. Bush when he served in the Texas Air National Guard. Tons of articles about him discussing (or not) Pres. Bush's service. Staudt retired a Brigadier General, and was a decorated fighter pilot in WWII and Korea. His F-85 crashed into the Yellow Sea after dogfighting with a MiG and he used an escape mirror to signal a US plane for rescue. He was also the stunt double pilot for Rock Hudson in his flying scenes in the 1956 movie "Battle Hymn." DSCN5995.jpg DSCN5996.jpg DSCN5997.jpg DSCN5998.jpg DSCN5999.jpg
     
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  2. Peter Graham

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    The very same jacket I commented on on the US militaria FB page. Totally outstanding score.
     
  3. B-Man2

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    Great work !
    That's a real find.
    Congrats
     
  4. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Superb jacket and rock solid provenance. Well done on acquiring it.
     
  5. Grant

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    Amazing example of a rare B-15B. Thanks for sharing with your fellow jacket junkies!
     
  6. Justin B

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    Thanks for the comments! History aside I was looking up prices on these and they seem to be all over the place.
     
  7. Grant

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    Yeah, a few years ago the B-15B was all the rage with Japanese collectors, but times have changed and so have prices. However with the provenance and condition of this example, I imagine it'd still go for a pretty penny.
     
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  9. Pilot

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    Is it on Ebay right now?
     
  10. Justin B

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    It was, sold now though.
     

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