Original Aero A-2 - 487th FG - pic heavy

Discussion in 'Vintage' started by Greg Gale, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Micawber

    Micawber Well-Known Member

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    Nice jacket, good photos too. I like the patch along with its honest attachment stitching.
     
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  2. Brettafett

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    Fantastic find! Thanks for posting...
     
  3. Greg Gale

    Greg Gale Well-Known Member

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    A few more pics of the original owner :) He flew Preddy's plane (413321) after he returned home in September (?) 1944. Renamed to "Sexhunate".

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  5. Thomas Koehle

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    What a gem ...

    The color is splendid as is the patch

    Thx for sharing those pics
     
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  6. Dover

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    What a treasure! Thanks for sharing Greg.
     
  7. taikonaut

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    My Aero with a reddish knits looks like this. A real bad ass of a jacket:)
    I wore it on a night out on a pub crawl once in town and the look people gave me!

    How much did people offer to buy so I have some idea how much mine is worth?
     
  8. Micawber

    Micawber Well-Known Member

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    Is yours a patched original with provenance?
     
  9. taikonaut

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    It is a patched original but not researched. If it has provenance I will not wear it or even attempt to do a minor restoration such as replacing the knits. I will sell it.
    As much as I admire jackets with provenence I only keep originals that I don't feel guilty about wearing.
     
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  10. Smithy

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    Greg I missed this when you posted it, but my word what a cracker of an A-2 and look at that leather!!!!

    Absolutely brilliant and a 487th A-2, you must have been like a kid in a candy store when he sent the pics to you ;)
     
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  11. Ken at Aero Leather

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    Saw these on FL and couldn't help notice the similarity in the leather, Jerky Horsehide all natural unassisted wear

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  12. jeremiah

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    Yeah that type of patina and wear is my favorite. Red undertones. I love that. How old is that one Ken?

    That’s a dead wringer for the leather.
     
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  13. Smithy

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    Like Jeremiah I'll echo that that leather is very like that on the 487th A-2, it really looks good.
     
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  14. johnwayne

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    There was recently a thread on your Holy Grail jacket and that Aero would be mine or something close to it. Fantastic it's still in the family and sounding like it's appreciated. Best thread on here for ages, thanks Greg.
     
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  15. taikonaut

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    My WW2 Aero is jerky like this one with lots of patina but are we sure it is horse hide? To me its looks like cows hide, seems thicker too.
    BTW mine has not been conditioned and still quite supple, the liner and label is in excellent condition.
     
  16. Ken at Aero Leather

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    It's Horsehide, Chrome Tanned

    If you guys like the current Jerky...........I think after a couple of years natural wear it's the nearest anyone had got to what Aero used between 1940 and 1942..........you will LOVE the new upgraded version we are nearly ready to launch

    I'm not going to go down the BK path......... Best, Better, even better, the greatest, and better than the greatest and all the rest but, trust me....Watch this space.....
     
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  17. Lebowski

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    Ken, could you explain please - what's the difference between Jerky HH and Vicenza HH?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  18. jeremiah

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    Can’t wait.
     
  19. jeremiah

    jeremiah Well-Known Member

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    Cow And Horse hide has sometimes been so indistinguishable that DNA testing has to be done to rule out one over the other. That said I agree with Ken’s assessment.
     
  20. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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    Main difference is the Vicenza is Veg Tanned ,The Jerky is Chrome tanned
    The crust is the best we can find
     

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