Wayne The jacket is not a stitch by stitch copy of any one type of jacket. Rather I look at it more as a loose sort of tribute to the brave chaps who fought in the skies on both Allied and Axis sides but with a focus on one group in the USAAF and one plane in particular. In this coffee shop day and age it almost seems that everyman and his dog are wearing A2 / Bomber jackets ( mind you some of the dog’s “mall” bomber jackets don’t look half bad !! ) I love the uniqueness of the A1 style of jacket. And I guess having a painted version makes it that much more unique. There are pictures around as had been mentioned of A1 style jackets being patched and painted in some form so it’s not to over the top. And it’s all fun after all. I like to think of some “ww1 retread” officer wearing one as he ran his squadron/ group ( perhaps a Jimmy Doolittle character ; perhaps even a ‘Harvey Stobalt’ from 12 o clock high, etc ). “ I think I got a piece of one up there....... Our’s or theirs Harvey “ Most senior personnel were expected to ( and most chose to ) fly on the missions. Some had their own planes. This chap was old school. Liked his old jacket and flew the missions and his character and appearance with his painted jacket made his pilots and their crew’s feel he was one of them. Or ...... Just for a change in a mental brain wave, I thought why not !!