Cooper A2 jacket question

PilatusPilot

Active Member
If you like issued military jackets Id suggest that you look for a Saddlery A2 jacket . If you find the right contract they were some of the nicer ones made early on in the second issue of them by the USAF . It’s all goatskin and people haven’t come to realize the value in them yet . I purchased one for another project I wrote up on looking like Steve McQueens Virgil Hilts character for under $250.00 . The jacket cost me $75.00 or $80.00. If I remember correctly :
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God... That's a sexy jacket right there.. looks amazing
 

Lord Flashheart

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I'm still wearing - and enjoying - my first jackets back from the time when I didn't even know there was anything else. An A-2 (goatskin from Sportys Pilot Shop) and an RAF Irvin repro (which is warmer on a cold day than the "proper" repro I got from Aero this year).

Wear them and enjoy them is what I say. Plenty of time to make your own mind up about the fine details here.
 

mulceber

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Not sure, but, could this be...
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?
 

LJDRVR

Member
All good points. The cool thing about the Cooper is that although it lacks many original maker details the reproductions feature, it is a genuine issue, Milspec jacket. There’s a certain amount of cachet to that. I also agree that the Saddlery jacket is nicer than the Cooper.
 

FlakMagnet

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I both love and hate my orange label Cooper. I love that it is very easy to wear, but I also dislike how the epaulets roll a bit to forward and how wide the shoulders are., especially when unzipped. And the fact that the leather doesn't really show much character after wearing it for so long.
 

MauldinFan

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Interesting insights on the Cooper. I assumed they were less expensive due to how many of them they made.
I picked up a USAF Saddlery one a long time ago (when I was still active duty) which I yanked off the USAF command crest Velcro piece and put on a patch I hand painted for my Army branch insignia. I knew I'd never make a 'WW2' style one out of it. I'd always intended on painting my rank on it, and maybe someday I will put Captain's bars on it from what rank I was when I got out.
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A while back I found another Cooper which didn't have the Velcro on it, and I've kept that one clean but haven't really worn it yet. I've toyed around with making a replica of one of the ones worn in the movie, "Space Cowboys"...
 

PilatusPilot

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Sorry my brothers but let me clear one thing i am not spam, and i am selling jacket on store where i provided a2 leather jacket with good leather material used and also i am offering you to contribute in this with your product or customize product i want more craze on this war hero jacket
Interesting that you say that, because your website has pictures of jackets made by cockpit usa.... Funny coincidence ain't it
 

MauldinFan

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Interesting that you say that, because your website has pictures of jackets made by cockpit usa.... Funny coincidence ain't it
I'm glad you posted that as I was just about to.
If you're gonna use someone else's photos, this is the last forum you're going to try to post them.
 

FtrPlt

Active Member
Gents,
Maybe I'm misreading -- apologies if I am.

Re: Cooper jackets. The orange tag jackets evolved over time. The early ones essentially being clones of the Saddlery USAF-contract jackets. That said, none of the orange-tag Coopers were ever USAF issue items. Saddlery (Cooper Sportswear) was contracted to produce a couple of batches of the 1988-spec reissue A-2.

The early Saddlery jackets featured pretty robust purplish-hue knits. The early orange-tag Coopers shared the same.

There is a detailed thread on all the USAF-issued A-2 jackets on here somewhere. Here's one I posted quite a while ago:

This one includes label images of the various Saddlery (Cooper Sportswear) USAF contract labels:
 
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MauldinFan

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Now that I think on it, I don't think I've seen a 90s-today issued USAF A2's tag for a jacket that is for sure an issued one (the one I have supposedly was an issued one as I got it from someone in the USAF but that doesn't prove anything). I think my brother was issued one when he was still a USAF Missileer (which is what happens when someone gets to be a general but never flew anything, so he can get to cool stuff as well), maybe I'll ask him about it.
 

B-Man2

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Gents,
Maybe I'm misreading -- apologies if I am.

Re: Cooper jackets. The orange tag jackets evolved over time. The early ones essentially being clones of the Saddlery USAF-contract jackets. That said, none of the orange-tag Coppers were ever USAF issue items. Saddlery (owned by Cooper) was contracted to produce a couple of batches of the 1988-spec reissue A-2.

The early Saddlery jackets featured pretty robust purplish-hue knits. The early orange-tag Coopers shared the same.

There is a detailed thread on all the USAF-issued A-2 jackets on here somewhere. Here's one I posted quite a while ago:

THis one includes label images of the various Saddlery (Cooper Sportswear) USAF contract labels:
Hi
I’ve always been a fan of these early contract re issue USAF A2’s. Most don’t seem to like them, but I’ve found that they usually have some nice goatskin and can be bought for $100- $150. depending on size and condition. Most willingly pay high prices for repros, but refuse to consider purchasing these original issue USAF jackets . Here’s one that I have :
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FtrPlt

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Now that I think on it, I don't think I've seen a 90s-today issued USAF A2's tag for a jacket that is for sure an issued one (the one I have supposedly was an issued one as I got it from someone in the USAF but that doesn't prove anything). I think my brother was issued one when he was still a USAF Missileer (which is what happens when someone gets to be a general but never flew anything, so he can get to cool stuff as well), maybe I'll ask him about it.
I know that at least up to 2007 (the last physical example I've seen) USAF-issue A-2 jackets all have a standard mil-spec label on them.
Saddlery had 4 different USAF contracts. For those not familiar the two digits following the '100' is the contract year -- eg 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996 for the various batches
1988 DLA 100 88 C0420
1992 DLA 100 92-M-0061
1995 SPO 100-95-C-4030
1996 SPO 100-96-D-4020
 

FtrPlt

Active Member
Hi
I’ve always been a fan of these early contract re issue USAF A2’s. Most don’t seem to like them, but I’ve found that they usually have some nice goatskin and can be bought for $100- $150. depending on size and condition. Most willingly pay high prices for repros, but refuse to consider purchasing these original issue USAF jackets . Here’s one that I have :

The jacket color changed to a much darker brown somewhere along the way. Your 95-contract jacket is far more brown than my 88-contract.

These are mine. the first two are 1988-contract Saddlery's. The middle one is my issue jacket, circa 1990. The one on the end is a very early orange tag Cooper that I bought ~1985 so it predates the 1988 Saddlery jackets. These all share the same heavy-duty purplish knits and chrome Ideal pullers.

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B-Man2

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The jacket color changed to a much darker brown somewhere along the way. Your 95-contract jacket is far more brown than my 88-contract.

These are mine. the first two are 1988-contract Saddlery's. The middle one is my issue jacket, circa 1990. The one on the end is a very early orange tag Cooper that I bought ~1985 so it predates the 1988 Saddlery jackets. These all share the same heavy-duty purplish knits and chrome Ideal pullers.

Cooper-Compare1.jpg
Have you noticed any difference in the quality of the goatskin between the 88 and the later contracts ?
 

FtrPlt

Active Member
Have you noticed any difference in the quality of the goatskin between the 88 and the later contracts ?
I only have my 1988-contract jackets so have not been able to compare them to anything else. Between the two -88's, the colors are different although leather thickness feels the same.
 

MauldinFan

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These are mine. the first two are 1988-contract Saddlery's. The middle one is my issue jacket, circa 1990.

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Well, that answers my question on if the actual issued USAF ones had that tag as mine does. I'd have just assumed they'd have come with a white GI-issue tag (like the CWP jackets/suits have).
 
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