Discussion in 'Vintage' started by Fish70, Mar 19, 2019.
Thanks SS and BIP
Isn't that the truth!
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.
I see what you did there. ;-]
Spot on Grant.......maybe even 70s?........listen to this man, he's a local from The Windy City and he knows his stuff
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.
This is my Flying Equipment G-1....looks a little different than the jacket above...
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!
One more piece of data I found. The WPL (Wool Products Labeling Act) tag in this jacket is WPL3456 which according to this website http://blog.fullgear.net/?eid=804417 belongs to Star Sportswear Corp.
Fish70 what else do you want to convince yourself?
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.
It is difficult to look for a black cat in an unlit room .. especially if there is no cat
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
Thanks again Ken.
To the best of my info, and the Kurlands were good friends of a good friend, Star Sporstwear never left Lynn, Mass
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?