VIETNAM WAR CARTER INDUSTRIES, INC. WINTER FLYING SUIT (WEP) JACKET

Jorgeenriqueaguilera

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Gentlemen

Today we have an example of the Winter Flying Suit-Jacket, universally called “WEP” jacket from the letters on the label, but those actually refer to the Bureau of Weapons, which led the original contract.

Originally designed as an undergarment for an anti-exposure suit, it featured trousers that attached with buttons. Due to the lightweight and comfort of this jacket, it quickly became one the favorite amongst the USN/USMC pilots.

Being available since the late 50s, it still attracts aviators till present times, although it is no longer issued by the government, some companies like Cockpit and Avirex offer reproductions, and pilots still buy and wear them.

The example shown here was made by Carter Industries, Inc., and it’s in mint condition. All parts are original to the jacket and it looks like it was hardly worn, if ever. The knits, inside lining, and tab connectors are immaculate. Conmar zipper works perfectly, and it shows no signs of use.

As a side note, fitting could be complicated on this jacket as the original design tends to be a bit short on the waist regardless the size, also it is quite rare to find this jacket in such pristine condition.

Being that said, enjoy the pics!

Regards
Jorge
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blackrat2

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Nice jacket Jorge
I had a great example few years back, came via Manions with knackered knits, these were replaced by Aeroleather
Conmar zipper and a Tonkin Golf patch adorned my one
Way to short for a six footer so sold it on, nice jacket but not a good fit by modern standards
 

Jorgeenriqueaguilera

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Totally agree about the fitting, I have 3 of these and all are very short, perhaps the modern repros have fixed that issue. Perhaps I will try one in the future, even pilots wear repros nowadays.
 

Rutger

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Yeah, my guess would be wearable repros would never sell when in the original sizing. I like them but half my back exposed and the sleeves too long, well, that's just one bridge too far. I already get comments on my jacket being too short when I'm wearing an MA-1. Most of the time I don't care to explain that it is just the way these jackets were cut fifty yeas ago.

Great example of the WEP, as per standard ;)

Oh by the way, I don't think current military pilots would wear anything else but the allowed flight gear, which I believe would at least have to be made of nomex.
That'd be the CWU-36 and -45 for naval pilots.
 

galvestonokie

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As an old-timer, here is a pic of me as a "salty" USMC Corporal just out of Vietnam with VMO-6, as MCAS Futenma, Okinawa. I was never issued a G-1 and seems like i traded for the WEP, even though i had been on flight orders for a while. The WEPs were notoriously short-waisted but i was happy to have one. BTW, we never called them "WEP" jackets, but rather those green nylon jackets. Also, the WEP was warmer at altitude in a Huey gunship with the doors removed.
 

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B-Man2

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As an old-timer, here is a pic of me as a "salty" USMC Corporal just out of Vietnam with VMO-6, as MCAS Futenma, Okinawa. I was never issued a G-1 and seems like i traded for the WEP, even though i had been on flight orders for a while. The WEPs were notoriously short-waisted but i was happy to have one. BTW, we never called them "WEP" jackets, but rather those green nylon jackets. Also, the WEP was warmer at altitude in a Huey gunship with the doors removed.
Great photo! ... especially on Memorial Day.
Thanks for your service.
 

jrsheairs

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As an old-timer, here is a pic of me as a "salty" USMC Corporal just out of Vietnam with VMO-6, as MCAS Futenma, Okinawa. I was never issued a G-1 and seems like i traded for the WEP, even though i had been on flight orders for a while. The WEPs were notoriously short-waisted but i was happy to have one. BTW, we never called them "WEP" jackets, but rather those green nylon jackets. Also, the WEP was warmer at altitude in a Huey gunship with the doors removed.
I agree! Great photo. Those jackets were short but it didn’t matter over a flight suit. My Avirex was longer than the original so it was fine with Khaki’s underneath. It went just below the belt line. I say again, my favorite jacket to wear with the uniform.
 

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