ELC AERO 18775-P

Roughwear

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In 1996 Eastman made a very limited number of reproductions of the Aero 18775-P contract using a very fine copy of the Aero spec label. Some have Eastman on the label, but this one does not. I spoke to Gary about this jacket last Saturday and he told me only ten jackets were actually made.

Recently I acquired this jacket, which is the same jacket that is featured on John's Flight Jacket CD. It's is a great copy of this last Aero contract. As John says
the leather has tremendous grain on the front and back panels, as well as the pockets, and is generally thin and soft. The colour is a typical darker russet that Aero is known for. The lining is of a mustard colour that is correct for this contract. Other accurate details are the epaulette design, pocket shape, large black ring snaps, and a vintage brass Talon from WWII, which this Aero contract did have.
You see some originals with rounded pockets like this one and others with squarer pocket corners. Here are a few photos taken today.












 

B-Man2

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The jacket looks outstanding.

Why did ELC only produce ten of these and why don't they reproduce them today?
It certainly looks better than some of the jackets they produced in later years.
 

Roughwear

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I believe there was a copyright issue with Aero which prevented them from continuing to use the Aero name and this would partly explain the limited run.
 

B-Man2

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Roughwear said:
I believe there was a copyright issue with Aero which prevented them from continuing to use the Aero name and this would partly explain the limited run.

Andrew;

It looks great and it compliments your originals very nicely. It certainly shows that ELC was capable of turning out quality reproductions as far back as 1996. I wonder why they didn't utilize that type of leather (horsehide or steer) on other contracts where copyright infrigement would not have been an issue.
 

zoomer

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I wasn't aware you could copyright a garment design. The name Aero would be trademarked of course.

But the good-faith thing to do would have been for Eastman to stop making the 18775 contract entirely after Aero called them on the use of the name - as they did.
 

DJS48

Active Member
I had wanted to buy a used one over the years and since only ten were produced, I understand why the jacket was never offered for sale as a used jacket on the forum. From the pictures posted here and John Chapman's cd, it's a good looking jacket.

Cheers,
Don
 

B-Man2

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mrchina said:
I had wanted to buy a used one over the years and since only ten were produced, I understand why the jacket was never offered for sale as a used jacket on the forum. From the pictures posted here and John Chapman's cd, it's a good looking jacket.

Cheers,
Don[/quote

You stand a better chance of finding an original in mint condition than finding one of these.
 

Vcruiser

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John Lever said:
Vcruiser said:
John Lever said:
Ken Calder jointly owns the Aero brand with someone in Japan.

Interesting. Are you sure about that John?
Ken told me during a recent phoncall.
I think they licence the name to the Few.
Oh OK..sorry. I thought Ken had license to the Aero name..but someone payed him a fee to use an Aero label (s). I misunderstood.
 

B-Man2

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It sure beats their ELC .50 cal A2. It would definitely be a good seller if they ever decided to reproduce it again. Are you listening ( watching) ELC?
 

Hobbstc

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So how does someone know if they have one of these? I just got the jacket that AlexLuton was selling. I emailed ELC and they said it was a 50cal but that makes no sense. Just trying to figure out what I have. I love it though and will be posting pics soon.
 
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