What jacket(s) are you wearing at the moment?

Ken at Aero Leather

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I am amazed by the jacket you wore. That's a such cool jacket. Is that battered tan?

Yes, Battered Tan Horsehide (should have come up with a better name in the first place) we've been having this leather made for around 8 years now, every delivery seems to be different, often mismatched, odd graining, etc due to the unique tanning method used.
Over the years we've gathered up a lot of offcuts, part hides etc. Last time I was at the factory I filled the boot of my old Range Rover with a few hundred foot of the off cuts and I've been using them to make first samples.
There is quite a pull up to the leather (lots of oils in the tanning) so occasionally one panel will lighten up more than the rest of the jacket during make up. turning through/closing etc mainly
I've worked out how to do a Period Correct closing technique that removes most of the crushing of the jacket at this stage so the jackets should look genuinely used but not mismatched.
We are planning a range of 30s Civvy jackets when we are back at work to use up the rest of the part cut hides
Can't use the new closing technique on Bike Jackets though, hence the very pale panel on the front on the one in the pic. :( Could be darkened down easily with boot polish however
 
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Wholenineyards

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Still warm enough here (and getting even warmer over the weekend) to wear the 37J1 for a day spent at work again (finally)...
We are launching a repatriation flight to Nigeria today to pick up some stranded Austrians and several cargo flights to China... Our long haul ships are in quite good demand currently...
Griffon, how did the flights go? Can you sneak in the odd non-company flight jacket?
 

Griffon_301

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Griffon, how did the flights go? Can you sneak in the odd non-company flight jacket?
Actually, I am working in the flight ops department, so my contribution is limited to organizational support before and trouble shooting issues that creep up during those flights...
Actually the flights go quite well, we have now a kind of air bridge to China up and running on a certain kind of schedule and are still picking up stranded Austrians and other EU citizens from all over the world...yesterday we operated to Nigeria for example while next week, we plan to go to New Zealand...
Its challenging times but our flight crews do a marvelous job and ALL of them have volunteered to do these flights...really great!

Oh and I am not wearing any kind of uniform while at work so it's jacket time whenever weather permits...and before Covid - when social distancing was unknown - I got asked quite often about the jackets, it was mostly the M-422a and Irvin that got the most attention...
 

Wholenineyards

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My significant other got hold of one of my books recently and obviously took notice of some of the depicted pilots in it...today, while doing the morning Doggo walk, she said she'd like to try something as I was wearing my B-6....
B-6 look so cool and I'd love one but I fear the shearlings from our favourite brands have passed the price range at which I can continue procuring. I bought all mine 2006/07ish. But you look swell in it. Enjoy an honest and hearty pat on the back. Congrats.
 

Griffon_301

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I bought my shearlings before the heavy price increase that ELC introduced two years ago too...
It's a pitty they cost so much nowadays...
I have posted pictures of the first ELC "catalogue" and price list from the times when I bought my first jacket from them more than 20 years ago.some.time ago here, a really eye watering experience :D

For the time being, my collection comprises nearly all jackets I'd like to have, I am only missing either an ANJ-4 or M-445 and maybe a Tanker Jacket, but with the current situation, it might take some time to be able to add them to the collection...
 

Wholenineyards

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Actually, I am working in the flight ops department, so my contribution is limited to organizational support before and trouble shooting issues that creep up during those flights...
Actually the flights go quite well, we have now a kind of air bridge to China up and running on a certain kind of schedule and are still picking up stranded Austrians and other EU citizens from all over the world...yesterday we operated to Nigeria for example while next week, we plan to go to New Zealand...
Its challenging times but our flight crews do a marvelous job and ALL of them have volunteered to do these flights...really great!

Oh and I am not wearing any kind of uniform while at work so it's jacket time whenever weather permits...and before Covid - when social distancing was unknown - I got asked quite often about the jackets, it was mostly the M-422a and Irvin that got the most attention...
That's really cool, a comfy flight jacket lets the day pass quickly and superiously. Unfortunately I get mandated to wear organizational clothing. And I have to wear to worst designed, monkeyass looking flight jacket ever created. But let me not transfer frustration. Let the great flight jackets be coming to this little vault of happiness in an otherwise tumultous World.
 

Griffon_301

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That's really cool, a comfy flight jacket lets the day pass quickly and superiously. Unfortunately I get mandated to wear organizational clothing. And I have to wear to worst designed, monkeyass looking flight jacket ever created. But let me not transfer frustration. Let the great flight jackets be coming to this little vault of happiness in an otherwise tumultous World.
First of all, thanks for the compliment about the B-6 before, you look great in the "Blakeslee-waffe" A-2 too :) we should team up for a period shooting at Meier Motors in front of one of their P-51s or any other warbirds they have ;)

Our cockpit guys wear coates as part of their uniforms. Looks funny when they are doing their preflight walkaround checks in winter trying to not get their coats wet or dirty.
In my former company, I was doing load planning and loading supervision for Cargolux and I handled a flight once where the PIC was actually wearing an BR A-2 bought in Japan...the short talk we usually held with the flight crew when the loading job was finished to confirm that locks were checked and the loading system was working properly blabla turned to a little longer conversation about repro jackets, luckily we had a short slot to sit out anyhow...
 

Wholenineyards

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First of all, thanks for the compliment about the B-6 before, you look great in the "Blakeslee-waffe" A-2 too :) we should team up for a period shooting at Meier Motors in front of one of their P-51s or any other warbirds they have ;)

Our cockpit guys wear coates as part of their uniforms. Looks funny when they are doing their preflight walkaround checks in winter trying to not get their coats wet or dirty.
In my former company, I was doing load planning and loading supervision for Cargolux and I handled a flight once where the PIC was actually wearing an BR A-2 bought in Japan...the short talk we usually held with the flight crew when the loading job was finished to confirm that locks were checked and the loading system was working properly blabla turned to a little longer conversation about repro jackets, luckily we had a short slot to sit out anyhow...
The best times. Strangely most pilots, civillian, military or commercial have no Interest in flying jackets, or if, they usually settle for Mall type stuff. Very odd. Anyhow, that should not keep us from enjoying. When I was about 19 in 1989 I asked my American aunt to bring over the rage, the civvy Version of the newly reintroduced Cooper A-2. She brought a noname Mall A-2 cos "it was cheaper", although I told her I'd pay. I was very frustated. Until, a couple of years after, it got stolen from my car. Happines ensued.
 

Smithy

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Forgot to say Steve the goatee really suits you.

I've had one now for a bit over a year now as well.

Better half much prefers it to the full monty which is the main thing ;-)
 

Micawber

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Forgot to say Steve the goatee really suits you.

I've had one now for a bit over a year now as well.

Better half much prefers it to the full monty which is the main thing ;-)
Why thank you Tim. TBH I've usually sported some kind of facial hair since I was a teen as I was always a bit lazy when it came to shaving, fortunately I was able to grow a decent beard from pretty early on. I've had all sorts from mutton chops, moustaches [including about 8 years sporting a stupendous handlebar] full beards but this is the first time I've hacked out a goatee. See, if the trend is for X I invariably shy away and go for W or Z which is why I've not had a goatee as they have been so popular. I might let the moustache grown and carve out another handlebar ....we shall see. It's interesting to see how different styles are greeted by people, the handlebar invariably attracted favourable comment or a smile ....and that can only be a good thing.

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