EXPERIMENTAL TEST SAMPLE TYPE L-2 FLYING JACKET (MAJ. GEN. CHARLES DUBOIS)

Jorgeenriqueaguilera

Well-Known Member
Gents,

Today I would like to share one of the rarest flight jackets ever produced. This is an Experimental Test Sample of the Type L-2.

The Experimental Test Sample jackets were produced in different models, materials and colors. In fact they have some variations with the production jackets.

The construction of this jacket is similar to the L-2A, but this model’s exterior is made of a wool gabardine fabric with a light-weight nylon twill inner lining.

Inner tag shows:
DATE 1-19-65.
TYPE L-2.
SIZE 40S
M.G. Charles Dubois

This example belonged to USAF Maj. Gen. Charles Dubois. He was a Flying Tiger and also became an WWII AAF ACE, credited with shooting down 6 enemy aircrafts in aerial combat. After the war he joined the Missouri Air National Guard, and was recalled to duty in the Korean War, serving in both the Strategic and Tactical Air Commands. He retired in 1970 as a Major General.

The condition of this jacket is amazing considering it’s over 55 years old. All parts are original to the jacket. Both zippers and snaps are working perfectly.

Left chest depicts a USAF Command Pilot Wings name tag, impressed “CHARLES DUBOIS”.

As a side note, these Experimental Test Sample jackets were worn from the 1950's and up into the 1970's. Most of the time being issued to high ranking officers. It is such an honor to own one with this provenance.

That being said, enjoy the pics!

Regards,
Jorge
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Jorgeenriqueaguilera

Well-Known Member
It's interesting that the jacket is mint, but the tags are so beat? Nice jacket though...looks like it was made yesterday!
Yes, the shell in great condition due to the use of a durable wool gabardine, but the knits do show some wear. On the other hand, the collar tag is made of woven silk, which is very fragile and sometimes the lower part is not even present anymore on some of these jackets. That being said, this leads me to believe this jacket had some use during its service.
 

Spitfireace

Well-Known Member
Gents,

Today I would like to share one of the rarest flight jackets ever produced. This is an Experimental Test Sample of the Type L-2.

The Experimental Test Sample jackets were produced in different models, materials and colors. In fact they have some variations with the production jackets.

The construction of this jacket is similar to the L-2A, but this model’s exterior is made of a wool gabardine fabric with a light-weight nylon twill inner lining.

Inner tag shows:
DATE 1-19-65.
TYPE L-2.
SIZE 40S
M.G. Charles Dubois

This example belonged to USAF Maj. Gen. Charles Dubois. He was a Flying Tiger and also became an WWII AAF ACE, credited with shooting down 6 enemy aircrafts in aerial combat. After the war he joined the Missouri Air National Guard, and was recalled to duty in the Korean War, serving in both the Strategic and Tactical Air Commands. He retired in 1970 as a Major General.

The condition of this jacket is amazing considering it’s over 55 years old. All parts are original to the jacket. Both zippers and snaps are working perfectly.

Left chest depicts a USAF Command Pilot Wings name tag, impressed “CHARLES DUBOIS”.

As a side note, these Experimental Test Sample jackets were worn from the 1950's and up into the 1970's. Most of the time being issued to high ranking officers. It is such an honor to own one with this provenance.

That being said, enjoy the pics!

Regards,
JorgeView attachment 39978View attachment 39975View attachment 39973View attachment 39974View attachment 39980View attachment 39979View attachment 39977View attachment 39981View attachment 39972View attachment 39976
Nice! I have the Buzz Rickson version of the Experimental Test Sample L-2. Only it's in olive drab gabardine. As well it does not have a zipper on the sleeve pen/pencil pocket. Apparently the L-2 was originally developed in 1945. Here's a bit about it on this website https://www.heddels.com/2017/12/american-flight-jackets-from-1947-to-present-the-complete-guide-2/
 

Jorgeenriqueaguilera

Well-Known Member
Thank you guys! I have been a bit distracted from life lately but in the next few days I will be posting more rare birds from the stash.
Every jacket has a different story, there are really not recipes for finding them, sometimes it’s just patience, sometimes it’s luck and some other times is pure inertia.
 
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