G1 genuine or reproduction?

SuinBruin

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Better than your garden variety repro, though... Flight Suits, now known as Gibson & Barnes, has always had a reputation for making high-quality jackets. Real goatskin and mouton collar... very nice. G&B jackets have in my experience had a very generous fit for the labeled size, but if it fits you well it's a great jacket.
 

fighterjock

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It must have been a long song, perhaps lynyrd skynyrd "Free Bird"...………….I think it's like 13 minutes long.
 

Grant

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Flight Suits Ltd did provide flight kit to the US military in the 80's and 90's, including cloth jackets, flight suits, helmets, etc, before they became known at Gibson and Barnes. I'm not that informed on recent USN G-1 contracts, but given they were located near San Diego and a major USN base, I'll bet some USN aviators wore them.
 

SuinBruin

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Flight Suits Ltd did provide flight kit to the US military in the 80's and 90's, including cloth jackets, flight suits, helmets, etc, before they became known at Gibson and Barnes. I'm not that informed on recent USN G-1 contracts, but given they were located near San Diego and a major USN base, I'll bet some USN aviators wore them.
I think the ad copy for their G-1 also used to say they had supplied jackets to the Blue Angels....
 

Grant

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Yeah, I remember reading somewhere they supplied cloth flight jackets and flight suits to the Blue Angels.
 

Wholenineyards

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Flight Suits Ltd did provide flight kit to the US military in the 80's and 90's, including cloth jackets, flight suits, helmets, etc, before they became known at Gibson and Barnes. I'm not that informed on recent USN G-1 contracts, but given they were located near San Diego and a major USN base, I'll bet some USN aviators wore them.
Navy squadrons have some funds. In 2007 or 2008 HS-10 outfitted their whole wardroom with G&B G-1, because the issued ones sucked. Not even goatskin. The following is a Flight Suits G-1 I've had since the mid 90s. Some years ago I had them replace the collar and the knits and the waist with a single rib which they did at no cost. I consider this a fine jacket, very enjoyable.
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Ed Rooney

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I know a guy who bought FSL horsehide A-2’s with unit funds for a SOCOM aviation unit. They were in the system. FSL/GB is semi official to official for a number of services and agencies.
 
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