I haven't bothered to do research on the dude, but the gold leaf rank tabs make it pretty clear he was a wheel who didn't wear his A-2 much. One thing pretty cool is the weight and thickness of the goatskin John used back in the day are identical to the original. The Good Wear has obviously seen significantly more wear than the original.
To keep the thread going, heres a previously owned Good Wear Acme 21996, that I picked up a few years ago that turned out to be a great jacket. It has a great Crown zip that I think is the real thing , not a repro, ( If one of you more experienced guys know differently, please let me know ) It’s definitely a long term keeper.
One of my all time favorite A-2s, but I don't know if it qualifies for the ten year vintage category. Proud to present my GoodWear Dubow 20960 contract. Purchased pre loved from a fellow VLJ member, I've had the jacket for five years now. Funny, no matter how many flight jackets you own, there are always a select few that you keep wearing more than all the others. For me this is it.