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Can anyone tell me about this Flying Equipment Company G-1 with A-2 Label?

Brettafett

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Yes Fish, this was a good catch. Who cares who made it, it fits great, is in superb condition... And for what you paid!!! Enjoy it.
 

Ken at Aero Leather

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Flying Equipment Co. in Chicago made USN G-1 style and goatskin A-2's jackets from 60's - ?. It's not a fake, nor is it Military issue.
Spot on Grant.......maybe even 70s?........listen to this man, he's a local from The Windy City and he knows his stuff
 

Fish70

New Member
So do issue 1950s-1960s G-1s have the four internal elastic bands attached to the "action back" which are a feature of this jacket that makes me think it was made in the 80s? Thanks again and sorry for beating this horse some more.
 

Fish70

New Member
Ties70, Yep your G-1 looks much older and I am sure it is an authentic Flying Equipment Co jacket. Does it have the elastic bands inside the back? Thanks!
 

Fish70

New Member
I am convinced that Flying Equipment Co or Star Sportswear was still selling jackets into the early 1970's and this is a 1970ish commercial G-1 made by Star Sportswear :) It looks just like a Star Sportswear G-1 after they switched to a synthetic collar and all the tags including the government required WPL tag look original to the jacket (no signs of replacing tags.) It makes no sense for someone 10 years later in the 1980's to try to fake a non-collectible commercial flight jacket. Occam's Razor and all that. Considering that there isn't much info out there about the company I enjoyed the research.
 

Ken at Aero Leather

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So do issue 1950s-1960s G-1s have the four internal elastic bands attached to the "action back" which are a feature of this jacket that makes me think it was made in the 80s? Thanks again and sorry for beating this horse some more.
I don't ever recall any USN jacket with four elastic straps, there is no possible need for more than two, one upsets the bi-swing, two is optimum and all that is necessary, four is bondage
 

Fish70

New Member
Sure. From the old ads for Flying Equipment Co. that I have found in 1950's "Flying" and "Guns" magazines the company makes it sound like they resold surplus military jackets. Maybe they bought Star Sportswear produced jackets and sold them under their own lable?
 
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