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Buttoned Pocket Flaps A-2 Jackets

Smithy

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I've about given up on the guy myself. But thanks for looking into it!
Just looked up your post about that French chap in the photo with Mary Pickford. He'll almost certainly be a military attaché and as such you should be able to find out the names of those personnel as they were listed in most almanacs/gazettes of the day dealing with national data. Such appointments were high status, deemed socially important and as a consequence were publicly listed. Might take a small bit of digging but you should be able to find the name or names of those posted by the French government to the US in such capabilities (there probably won't be more than 1 to 3 people), after that you'll have to match faces from some other sources to names but that shouldn't be too difficult as military attachés were/are senior officers and often with some fame within their respective service. You're fellow is highly decorated judging by the campaign and award ribbons he's wearing as well which suggests he should have some legacy in the history books.
 

zoomer

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If he does, it's not on the web. I've looked at so many teeny pix of WW1 French pilots I can't stand to see another. They didn't have cool jackets unfortunately.
 

Cocker

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As avised on the other post, the guy's definitely not French. Most probably Belgian or Dutch,as per his uniform and the side he's wearing his beret.
 

Smithy

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As avised on the other post, the guy's definitely not French. Most probably Belgian or Dutch,as per his uniform and the side he's wearing his beret.
Whatever his nationality, if he's a military attaché (which odds on he most probably is) he'll be listed in any of the various year books/gazettes for the year in question.
 

Smithy

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No way! But if anyone wants a place to start, you could try the AIA, they used to have The Aircraft Yearbooks archived, and if they're still available those list the air attachés. For other military branch attachés, you'd could go through things like The Statesman Yearbooks.
 

2BM2K

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Have searched for images of Mary Pickford and found a few where she is wearing the same outfit.

pickford.jpg


The occasion is the National Air Races, Los Angeles, July 1933.

At least this gives a date to Goldsmith photo but no sign of the mystery airman.
 

Ken at Aero Leather

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Have searched for images of Mary Pickford and found a few where she is wearing the same outfit.

View attachment 7660

The occasion is the National Air Races, Los Angeles, July 1933.

At least this gives a date to Goldsmith photo but no sign of the mystery airman.
That's got to be Amelia Earhart

According to the MP Fan site, that was one of her favourite outfits
 

Smithy

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That is Earhart. She was at the races with Ruth Nichols as they departed from LA for their female attempt at the west east transcontinental record.
 

Skyhawk

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Been doing some more searching and found another prototype A2 worn by unnamed officer who is with Eddie Rickenbacker.

The place is Cleveland airport and the date is given as 31st August 1931.

The photo belongs to Gettyimages and I'm not sure about copyright issues and so will just post a link to it;

https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/eddie-rickenbacker-shown-at-the-cleveland-municipal-airport-was-in-picture-id73953546
Nice find! Great to see more details on the jacket.
 

Ken at Aero Leather

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Ken at Aero Leather

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Single top stitch on pocket, pocket much closer to zipper, etc etc not the same jacket as Hap Arnold's
The pic is exactly 2 months on from the official issue date of the Type A-2
This jacket looks to have had more than two months wear to me, no hot water treatment back then :>)
 

Roughwear

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It does not appear to be a SAT as there is an extra leather tab on the right hand side and the jacket does not appear to have epaulets, or if it does they are very far back. So perhaps another A-1 to A-2 transition jacket?
 

Roughwear

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Pic is too early to be SAT.......Prototype? Private Purchase?
The SAT was produced after 1st July 1931, but we don't know when exactly during the fiscal year. This jacket is clearly not a SAT, and has been well worn indicting perhaps a 1930 date of manufacture, which would fit in with hen the A-2 was being developed.
 
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