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Jacket fit.


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Maybe it was a warm day but he was just about to take off, so he wanted the collar off his neck till he gained a little altitude.


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Silver surfer just posted an original with this same patch. Look for his original Rough Wear 27752 post


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I agree that one is a bit large.... Anyone who has viewed many, many, (1000's) period pics knows that the trim, fighter-pilot fit is clearly in the minority, compared to the loose 'working fit' like this:


I realize that when forking-out over a thousand dollars for an A-2, one wants a decent fit, but unfortunately, the kind of super-trim fit many seem to go for really didn't exist that much in reality back then. ;)

EDIT: This one, like numerous others seen, illustrates my '8-out-of-10 rule'.... In the majority of crew pics out there, 8 out of 10 A-2's worn are comfortable looking, 'working-fits' (although there are only 9 here, the rule still applies overall):

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Find this so funny... ;) Its all such a matter of perspective. Its not too 'big' for him... Its not even zipped up.
He had to wear a few layers under that, plus gear on top, plus climb in and be able to move around in a cockpit.
Imagine sitting in a cockpit for 6 hours, with a tight jacket pulling up under the armpits and around the shoulders...
This fit was surely way more preferable than a tight, body-hugging fit back then.
For every photo one person uploads and feels the jacket appears to be a bit big on the wearer, another guy can post a pic of a jacket that looks to be a size too small for the wearer.
I think the super trim-fitting fighter pilot image actually took root in our consciousness from images in modern pop culture.
Too big?
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Too small?
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You got what you were given and you wore it.
Today, you can pay for the look and fit that you want (you may not always get it though :( )


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My big issue anymore: sitting down. If the hide has no “give” to it, it becomes as taut as a whalebone corset when my midsection expands. My ELC Werber, otherwise my favorite A-2, is very bad this way.
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