Goldsmith A-2 Reproduction - Headwind Mfg Co

Skyhawk

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Hi Jay
I think I wrote before, maybe in this thread, that Hookless didn't make a separable zip.
Well I was wrong.

This past week I found this blog which has a NOS Hookless zip;

They must have been rare.

Geoff
Yes there were Separable zippers by Hookless before the 1930's for sure. I have seen some dated earlier as well. I have seen zip sliders dated pre 1920. It was still new tech though,even in the 1930's.
 

Officer Dibley

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Has anyone on here actually bought either a Headwind or Aero Goldsmith ?
Soo much written, yet either no-one here was impressed enough to buy either (or both) jacket(s) or too ashamed to admit to having one.
Be interesting to compare both with some wear to them.
Dave
 

Ken at Aero Leather

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Has anyone on here actually bought either a Headwind or Aero Goldsmith ?
Soo much written, yet either no-one here was impressed enough to buy either (or both) jacket(s) or too ashamed to admit to having one.
Be interesting to compare both with some wear to them.
Dave
Not sure how popular these really are or are going to be, it took us nearly four months to shift the 25, not great for a new Aero design :>( especially considering the hype
At least 4 went to VLJ members, two of which I know rarely post here, not seen any on the used market. We've probably turned down about a dozen potential orders since so there are potential customers out there for Jay's version
 

Ken at Aero Leather

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IIRC Ken mentioned that as far as he was aware, nobody on here had bought one of his.
Posted while I was composing the response above
Maybe at that time none had ordered or we weren't aware of the customer's VLJ standing..................one of the two mention revealing themselves as a VLJ member was a real surprise
 

Smithy

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Although it's one of the first A-2s you have to wonder whether it's only really of interest to quite a specific niche audience with a higher than normal interest and knowledge of flying jackets and especially US ones.

I'd imagine the wartime contracts will always carry the larger enthusiasm and support because there's that connection of buying something similar to what a fellow wore in combat in a P-51, a B-17, etc, etc.
 
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