What is your holy grail jacket?

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  1. STEVE S.

    STEVE S. Well-Known Member

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    Got to thinking the other day while tossing ideas around about different projects & thought it might make for a good discussion. If price wasn’t an issue, or you could travel back in time,what vintage, original jacket would you buy? Let’s keep it to civvy jackets only so we don’t get caught up in the “this contract A-2 vs that contract”. Moto, chore/work, button vs zip etc. Lots of unique & generic styles out there from the 20’s on up. Post some pics of what your holy grail would be.
     
  2. Stony

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    Switlik or W&G M-422.
     
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  3. B-Man2

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    "Let’s keep it to civvy jackets only so we don’t get caught up in the “this contract A-2 vs that contract”.


    Always wanted an a 1940's or 50s original Langlitz Motorcycle Jacket.
    Now its a moot point since I sold my bikes.
     
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  4. Skip

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    Never had a lapel jacket, but my wife has a Duke from Bk and the style of it looks great, she loves it. There’s quite a lot of variations in a similar style but I think they’re a cross over pre war aviators - bike jacket

    Hate to say it but I can’t get away from my Navy style AN-J-3. Anything with a bi-swing back is supremely comfortable and their a sharp looker
     
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  5. STEVE S.

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    Would have to go with the Switlik myself.
     
  6. STEVE S.

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    Big bi-swing fan myself, makes all the difference in comfort.
     
  7. Bombing IP

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    [/QUOTE] Always wanted an a 1940's or 50s original Langlitz Motorcycle Jacket.
    Now its a moot point since I sold my bikes. [/QUOTE]

    We all wear flight jackets but 95% of us do not pilot planes .


    BIP
     
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  8. B-Man2

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    Always wanted an a 1940's or 50s original Langlitz Motorcycle Jacket.
    Now its a moot point since I sold my bikes. [/QUOTE]

    We all wear flight jackets but 95% of us do not pilot planes .


    BIP[/QUOTE]
    I like that! And very true. I’m looking at this a little differently now. Thank you!
    Cheers
     
  9. Bombing IP

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    I ride a motor cycle and when riding I wear a Motoport made out of Kevlar . When I am cruising around on my legs I wear a black traditional Brooks Higway patrol style jacket . How many rock bands wear the same jacket in concert on the stage . "We don't need no stinkin bikes " brother .

    BIP
     
  10. Skip

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    Always wanted an a 1940's or 50s original Langlitz Motorcycle Jacket.
    Now its a moot point since I sold my bikes. [/QUOTE]

    We all wear flight jackets but 95% of us do not pilot planes .


    BIP[/QUOTE]

    Now there’s a statement

    Does a plane with no wings 4 wheels 2 seats and crossed flags on the bonnet count?
     
  11. Silver Surfer

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    a monarch 1930s lapleled button up half belt with a bi-swing back set up that is actually wearable. the red dot folks make a repro version, and its pretty good, but....i wont get into my a-2 wish list.
     
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  12. MikeyB-17

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    An AN-J-3 with a military label in it!
     
  13. STEVE S.

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    That’s not a holy grail, that’s more along the lines of a unicorn!
     
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  14. Skyhawk

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    I have had a few over the years come and go. They are not always all that you make them out to be. One was a Monarch M-445. It was in pristine condition but still felt like the sleeves were going to rip off when putting it on. They are heavy and cumbersome to put on. I wound up selling it because it just sat in the closet not doing anyone any good.

    One that I would like back though is a goatskin Perry A-2 that I refurbished. It fit perfectly and was nice, almost looked new. Probably my holy grail for now besides the one other jacket that will always have holy grail status:
    An original USN 37J1 Leather Flight jacket.
     
  15. Juanito

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    An original horsehide Dubow 27798, size 46 please.
     
  16. Skyhawk

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    Oops sorry I didn't stay civie with my jacket choices. Just being totally honest...
     
  17. D97x7

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    Sorry just not into civvies at this time, would love a Merino fleeced Irvin though.
     
  18. MikeyB-17

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    Aah, you never know what will turn up in the Cornish charity shops! :D
     
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  19. robrinay

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    Well call me shallow but...
    The problem is, my holy grail jacket changes to a new one as soon as I’ve found the last one
    :)
     
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  20. johnwayne

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    I can't away from the military angle either I'm afraid and have pretty much a good selection of jackets to choose but my late 40's I believe Field &Stream (Gordon & Fergusson) half belt is one of my go to jackets. Every time I wear it I question whether I should re-condition the leather or not as its a little scuffed in places but i think that adds something. Holy grail I'm thinking though would be an original seal, rust/berry knit Aero A2, or poss a Perry in top nick!!
     

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