Original Aero Leather 42-15142P

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  1. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Here’s an original Aero 42-15142P that I recently acquired from another forum member . I have included the data plate information from Gary Eastmans book “Type A2 Flight Jacket Identification Manual”
    The date of this contract was March 28, 1942.
    for 50,000 jackets at $8.25 per jacket. The total cost of the contract was $412,500.00 and was the 6th of 7 contracts granted to Aero Leather. The leather used was cowhide and not horsehide as previously thought. The jacket did not have a collar stand. The knits on this jacket have been replaced at some point. I hope you guys enjoy the posting. Fit pictures to follow. 12A608DF-B169-4B31-A750-91519E14D204.jpeg FBCF2A44-9E7D-4B9A-AB08-2EF84D3C7A96.jpeg E91DEB3A-4FCE-4B9F-824D-685E1112DEDD.jpeg 4C09E1E3-7E0E-4CF7-8353-7B188A8231DA.jpeg AB32FBD9-A9B2-4A26-A264-0B9ACBBADC90.jpeg DA6F4015-4035-4BC8-8FB0-EFCE0A44A7BE.jpeg FCCB2684-9989-47CC-A2AA-3E9502F5BDF5.jpeg FA9AF93F-9CA4-422E-8DB2-C76D8CFCFA7D.jpeg
     

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  2. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    More photos
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  3. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    That's a very nice A-2 you have there.
     
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  4. EmergencyIan

    EmergencyIan Active Member

    Excellent, Burt!

    - Ian
     
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  5. falcon_ib

    falcon_ib Well-Known Member

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    Nice!! Have you been able to do any research on the name?
     
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  6. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you .
    Not yet however, I'll try to do something with it in the next few weeks.
     
  7. jeremiah

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    Nice one Burt. That leather looks so soft still.
     
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  8. Greg Gale

    Greg Gale Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful jacket in nearly perfect condition. Look newer than ELC's "TimeWorn" :) Looking forward to the fit pics!
     
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  9. B-Man2

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    Here’s some fit pics
    Thanks for all of your comments. 09CCD4AA-85C7-4BD8-9FDA-4D278769A007.jpeg
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  10. Boyo

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    Very Nice @B-Man2, fit looks great. can you post measurements? I would be curious to know what a war time size 46 measures.
     
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  11. B-Man2

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    Would be happy to post them. Will get to it a little later this afternoon.
     
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  12. johnwayne

    johnwayne Well-Known Member

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    Nice feeling (was/is to me anyway) having an original! My first was an Aero that was unfortunately too small but I bought it from Andrew/Roughwear so sold it on to Alan/Persimmon here and think he sold it on relatively soon thereafter - had some nice artwork name on top left front shoulder that was quite faded but deceranable being ' Stefanic' - anyone here claim to now have it? Since replaced by a Dubow that whilst has a name and number stamped in the lining I've not manages to trace any real history.
     
  13. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Measurements Aero 46
    Shoulders 19 1/2 inches
    Pits. 24 3/4 inches
    Arms 26 1/4 inches
    Back rear collar to bottom of waist knits 26 3/4 inches.
     
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  14. Boyo

    Boyo Member

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    Thank you for the follow-up...it would be right in my wheelhouse
     
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  15. Dover

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    That's a great looking jacket. Enjoy it and thanks for sharing.
     
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  16. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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    I'm glad to see these are vitually identical to our Aero 42-15142-P, should be considering we are using patterns taken from originals
    I checked through a few previously sold 46"s, never more than 1/2" variation although all the pit to pit measurements on ours were 24 1/4"
     
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  17. B-Man2

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    Ken
    I would think that the half inch difference on this one could probably be attributed to the stretching of the leather after all these years.
     
  18. Silver Surfer

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    or measuring originals that had shrunk a bit. many, if not most originals that we come into contact today, have shrunk some. ya dun gud on that aero, as it looks to be quite wearable.
     
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  19. B-Man2

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    Thanks Vic
    Appreciate the kind words.
     
  20. WBOONE

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    Great pics of that contract. Thanks for posting. I have a size 48 original in that contract.
     
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