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Jacket fit.

Pilot

Well-Known Member
If you wear size 44 repro jacket, take 44. But if you wear bigger size, take bigger size. They are not '21-st century" oversized jacket.
My other Cooper A-2 is a 44”, it fits perfectly.
So I guess they are consistant also if made by Saddlery.
Thx a lot Silvio... appreciate.
 

silvio76

Active Member
My other Cooper A-2 is a 44”, it fits perfectly.
So I guess they are consistant also if made by Saddlery.
Thx a lot Silvio... appreciate.
Than take 44. There is no difference, except label. Saddlery was trade mark of Cooper Sportswear.
 

Pilot

Well-Known Member
Thx Silvio...
I am too short for the “L” versions...
or “L” is too long for me.
Will get mine from one of the USAF ( Osan or Kunsan) or US-Army bases in South-Korea.
I am there ( in Seoul ) in a few days.
Thx a lot ...
 
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silvio76

Active Member
Thx Silvio...
I am too short for the “L” versions...
or “L” is too long for me.
Will get mine from one of the USAF ( Osan or Kunsan) or US-Army bases in South-Korea.
I am there ( in Seoul ) in a few days.
Thx a lot ...
Ok.
 

Spitfireace

Active Member
Question on the Cooper Saddlery 1988 no hand warmer pockets A-2 jackets, it seems like they are cut large? Or supposed to be more generous in fit? Because in looking at a 38 the shoulders are 19 inches which is one inch at least too big for me. Unless the shoulders are supposed to have an overhang. Also I'm short so I'd like to get a short jacket and all I see so far is Regular. Are there any Shorts? I might have to get the sleeves shortened in any jacket I get because the newer jackets are sized for smaller chest size but not shorter people as far as I can see, which ain't far cause I'm short... .ha ha. I know that there is Plane Crazy website where you can get a NOS jacket for ok price considering it's a real US Airforce jacket and not some overseas knockoff.
 

2BM2K

Well-Known Member
I have a Cooper orange label size 38 regular and yes it is a big fit.
Shoulders 20.5", pit to pit 22". A fine jacket but it is designed for 1980's fashion.

If you want a short jacket then it might be worth considering a size 36.
 

silvio76

Active Member
Question on the Cooper Saddlery 1988 no hand warmer pockets A-2 jackets, it seems like they are cut large? Or supposed to be more generous in fit? Because in looking at a 38 the shoulders are 19 inches which is one inch at least too big for me. Unless the shoulders are supposed to have an overhang. Also I'm short so I'd like to get a short jacket and all I see so far is Regular. Are there any Shorts? I might have to get the sleeves shortened in any jacket I get because the newer jackets are sized for smaller chest size but not shorter people as far as I can see, which ain't far cause I'm short... .ha ha. I know that there is Plane Crazy website where you can get a NOS jacket for ok price considering it's a real US Airforce jacket and not some overseas knockoff.
Yes, Cooper had "short" version. They were marked with letter S. If you compare todays jackets and Coopers, Cooper was not so generous fit.
 
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I think these guys just wore what they were given. Sometimes too big, sometimes too small, sometimes just right.

That's also one of the many cool things about the A2... Unless grossly oversized or undersized, the size variations just alter the overall style of the outfit.

My size 42 star sportswear looks just fine on me... I'm a 36S suit jacket. I certainly could not get away trying to wear a 42R suit. Lol!
 

Smithy

Well-Known Member
If we're actually brutally honest virtually every single guy on here (yours truly included) is overly anal about how their jackets fit and look. Those WWII fellas had a jacket thrown at them and they just got on and wore it. Some were just right, some were too small, some too big but they didn't sit around getting the sweats and wringing their hands about it, they just wore the damn thing and made it theirs. Additionally nearly all of the originals have things which would make most of the guys around here get the bloody vapours, wonky stitching, misaligned pockets, offset snaps, etc. All things which speak of the pressure of manufacturing under wartime conditions.

Somebody who flew combat ops in a P-47, P-51, B-24, B-17, etc, etc would no doubt just shake their heads at us about all this "ooh I think it's half an inch too short/long here" etc, etc and say something along the lines of "cowboy the f@£$ up and just wear what you have. It's just a goddamn jacket FFS!"

After years of sweating the silly stuff I'm trying to adopt that attitude and it does seem to make wearing one of these jackets a darn sight more enjoyable and a lot more liberating. Never forget it's just a piece of clothing. Nothing more. Nothing less.
 
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