L2-B Jackets and Orange lining

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  1. Happy Hooligan

    Happy Hooligan Member

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    So I just found a nice 1961 L2-B jacket and it has orange lining, yet the Buzz description on HP says the orange lining was introduced in 1964?

    Is that correct?
     
  2. oose

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    The first orange lining L-2b is Skyline MIL-J- -7448D contract dated 11th August 1960. Hope that helps.

    Stu
     
  3. Happy Hooligan

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    thanks. That's what I have but mines is dated 1961.
     
  4. dmar836

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    When we look to BR for color references, well............................
     
  5. Pilot

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    BR B-10 with russet knits pe...ooops sorry!
     
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  6. Greg Gale

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    Sorry to hijack the thread, but did all MA-1s have orange lining? or was it also introduced in 1960 only?
     
  7. Flightengineer

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    Not all

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  8. unclegrumpy

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    No, linings were a shade of green earlier, and then green again at the end of the their use. I don't recall the year they went back to green, but it was just before the Nomex jackets came out in the middle 1970's. It would be interesting to see if Stu has more specific contract date related information on those.

    That said, the orange linings are what most term "Vietnam era"....and I think fall pretty accurately in the early 1960's to early 1970's time frame. I am talking about issued originals here, because there were period commercial versions made by some of the same manufactures that did not follow the government specs.
     
  9. unclegrumpy

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    Thanks Flightengineer!
     
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  10. Greg Gale

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    Thank you both, now it's getting clear :)
     
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  12. Monsoon

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    My dad had an Alpha L-2b. Orange lining, dated Sep 1965. My niece has it now since it was a medium and she was the only person it would fit.
     
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    It would’ve fit me but you didn’t ask!
     
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  14. Monsoon

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    Have to pry it from her cold, dead hands now. She got the L-2B and one of her sisters got the Skyline N-2 parka.

    Not rubbing it in, but both were probably the nicest I've seen. Knits are perfect. No holes or stains, and I'm surprised because I know my dad wore the parka a lot.
     
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  15. B-Man2

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    Tickets to a concert of her favorite rock group might just loosen that grip up a bit;)
     
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  16. Monsoon

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    Kinda on the whole MA-1/L-2B topic, does anyone know where I can get the leather name tags made that go into the protective sleeve on the jacket? They are smaller than the average tag.

    Edit: MASH is a no-go. Wrong wings.
     
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  17. Jorge_GC

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    Hi all, I need a little help on confirming something:

    I've found an L-2B dated to 1979 with dark green inner lining. Is that legit? Most of the late 70s' L-2B I've run into are mostly with safety orange lining. I just want to make sure it's not heavily modified and it's a real deal.

    The model number and stock number below:

    MIL-J-7448J
    Stock Number: 8415-00-017-0597
    DLA100-78-C-0379
    Made by Alpha

    Thanks for the help in advance.
     
  18. Monsoon

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    I did a google search for that DLA contract and it comes up as a contract for M65 field jackets
     
  19. Jorge_GC

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    Hi there,

    That's why it is a little weird. I came up with M-65 field jacket info as well... Screenshot of the label attached.
     

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  20. Stony

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    First orange lining was 1960 Skyline as was posted earlier in this thread. That first orange lining was like the previous green/grey linings of the 50s in that is what very silky in look and feel. The later orange linings were more cheap looking (my description for lack of more technical terms).
     

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