Vintage A2 Flight Jacket

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Sold on eBay: RARE Original WW2 B-17 Painted A2 Leather Flight Jacket for $2,600

I love amazing WW2 apparel and the classic A2 leather flight jacket is right at the top of that list. Usually you don’t see beautifully painted A2 jackets like this one in this good of condition. The painting is bright and bold. It sold way back in June but deserves to be noted.

Aero Leather Clothing Company produced these jackets from the state of New York for the WW2 effort. (The Vintage Leather Jacket Blog put together a short little history on them here) From the contract number, this one was commissioned in May of 1942.

From the listing:

“This is a rare original WW2 B-17 Painted Leather Type A-2 Flight Jacket .. Manufactured by Aero Leather Clothing Co. , Beacon , New York .. Size 38 .. British whistle attached to collar hook .. Nice leather and lining .. Waistband has a couple of small holes and the back of cuffs are worn .. Overall condition for a jacket this age is very nice .. The jacket belonged to Victor J. Acampa , a B-17 flight engineer from New Jersey .. I purchased the jacket many years ago from Mr. Acampa’s nephew and this was the only info he had .. It’s been in my collection for many years and it’s now time to let someone else enjoy it”

Here are the auction details:

Rare Original WW2 B-17 Painted Leather A-2 Flight Jacket – French Dressing

Seller: vintage-wings / Hampden, MA
Price: $2,600
Label: Aero Leather Clothing Company . 38
Condition: “Nice Condition”

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Sold on eBay: Vintage WW2 A2 Leather Jacket Painted Art & Squadron Patch

One of the best jackets to ever be created was the Rough Wear Type A2 Leather Jacket for the US Army Air Force pilots, navigators and bombardiers. The Rough Wear Clothing Co. of Middletown, PA was likely the most prolific war-time producer of A-2 jackets. They were contracted in the spring of 1941 and this jacket was produced during that run. Most A2’s were made of horsehide but I believe this jacket is made of goat – though I could be wrong. Either way, the painting brings it’s own history to this piece. Certainly unique and very much amazing.

From the listing:

“The Art: The rear of the jacket pictures a sickly-looking, terrified Adolf Hitler plugging his ears as a bomb drops from the sky toward his head. In yellow lettering, the phrase “No use, Adolf” appears above his head to the left. The Patches: On the left shoulder there is a beautiful bullion-on-wool Army Air Force SSI. On the front of the jacket appears a beautiful felt embroidered black cat riding a yellow bomb in front of a large red “V.” Above the cat is the pin “To Hell with Hitler.” The patch is sewn on a larger green leather disk.  The disk is then sewn on the jacket. It appears the disk was sewn over four metal snaps where something was previously snapped (perhaps another patch?)”

Here are the auction details:

Seller: majortedssr / South Yarmouth, MA

Price: $1,125

Label: Rough Wear Clothing Co. / Sz. 42

Condition: “Jacket leather is soft and creamy soft – totally wearable.  Zipper is in perfect working order.”

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Sold on eBay: Vintage WW2 A2 Leather Jacket w/ Patches for $1675

So, here’s a beautiful vintage WW2 A2 leather jacket with a gorgeous history and a gorgeous patina. Made from the best horsehide available back in the early 1940’s, this excellent jacket has withstood the test of time.

From the listing:

“You are admiring a fine example of a WWII cable rain coats co. A-2. except for the male starter side of the zipper, and some loose stitching at the back of the collar, the jacket is in excellent condition. the jacket has a two cbi patches and a name tag sewn on that are original to the jacket. on the left sleeve is a cloth 5th aaf patch, and on the front chest is a 33rd bomb squad painted on leather patch. both patches are a little faded, and the leather patch has hair line fissures. there are leather squares on the epaulets where 2nd louie bars once were. i have no information about the airman. the horse hide shell is in nice supple condition all around. the liner is is in above average condition, with the usual separation at the top back. the nomenclature label is intact and clear, but the size tag has been removed at some point. the male side of original kwik zipper has come apart from the tape, but with care the jacket can still be zipped up. the jacket size is in the vicinity of a size 40 or smaller size 42. with the zipper repaired, this jacket will make for a splendid wearer or a fine addition to any wwll aaf collection.”

Here are the auction details:

a-2 jacket, original wwll a-2 jacket, cbi, horse hide jacket, named & patched.

Seller: 1stpursuit / New York, NY

Price: $1,675

Label: Type A-2 Property Air Forces, U.S. Army

Condition: “Zipper starter has issues.” Leather looks to be in good shape, interior has some tearing and usual wear and tear.

 

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Sold on eBay: WW2 Black Widow A2 Flight Jacket Officers Grouping

A gorgeous WW2 A2 Flight Jacket Grouping is currently available on eBay. With 5 days left in the auction, it’s jumped up over 4k. You’ve still got some time to transfer some funds to make a play at it if you’re interested.

The Jacket is gorgeous, I do wish there were more detailed photos of the boots though. They look amazing.

 

Seller: the_nations_attic

Location: Wichita, Kansas

Sold for: …. $6655.88

 

Check out the completed listing of the lot at the link below….

-Matt

 

P 61 Black Widow A 2 Flight Jacket Officers Grouping 547th 349th Night Fighter | eBay.