G-1 Seal Brown goatskin Leather Flight Jackets
Horsehide (The original hide for the A-2) is very smooth in appearance and stiff in its drape. Goat skin is grainy in its appearance and very supple. Please note; the Horsehide will "break in" with in a few weeks for a wonderful drape, and the under color will start to show-up, creating the famous distress look, which the A-2 Jacket is known for. The Goatskin will not change its appearance much.
Lambskin is a very soft skin, its drape very "soft" (some will say "flimsy"). Many times you can see lambskin in women's leather skirts or men's leather blazers. It is much softer than goatskin, but with the suppleness come the price of durability. The fiber of lambskin is not as dense as goatskin or horsehide, and therefore it is con for much more for rips and cuts. Wear and tear is much more evident. We offer lambskin mostly for the Indy jacket mainly because the jacket for the movie was made of lambskin, but if you want to get a jacket that looks like you just walked out of the temple of doom, you should consider Vintage Goatskin.
Russet is a medium color with a red tint in it (this is the original color of the A-2). Seal Brown is very dark brown. In our catalog, the front page image of A-2 is a Horsehide Russet. The A-2 goat skin is made of medium brown color and the G-1 Jacket is made of Seal Brown (darker than medium brown) goat skin. The Russet story: In the early 30’s when the original A-2 spec was created by the Army, the spec called for the color to be “Seal Brown”. In the tanning process with early day technology, the color dye process got oxidized and the result was a reddish color brown known as “Russet”, which is the color of all early day A-2 Horsehide jackets. In late 30’s technologies improved and the tanneries were able to stop the oxidization process, which result in a truer “Seal Brown” color (much darker, and not as reddish color). By the time that WWII arrived and the demand for A-2 jackets was extremely high, and the horsehide supply diminished (the end of the horse and buggy era, and machinery introduced in farming) the Army spec was revised to goat skin, and the color spec to “Seal Brown” which is known today as Medium Brown.We offer vintage variation in horsehide and in goatskin. It is leather that the coloring finish process in the tannery was done mostly in the drum, in contrast to the standard skins that also had dye applied by sprayers, in order to achieve one uniform color and look. This process is also known as "naked finish", or a full Aniline process. As result, the hide has a wonderful character and depth in colors. Take a look at the Indy jacket and the Barnstormer jacket.
Yes. One of the most distinct characteristics of an authentic A-2 Jacket is the one piece back panel.
Yes. Any additional cuts in the sleeve panels will make it less expensive, but not authentic.
As an Army spec, a soldier shouldn't stand with his hands in his pockets. Therefore, for authentic look, the front pockets are single entry pockets. For the A-2 jacket, we offer double entry (hand warmer) pockets as a custom option. Our G-1 jacket is available with Single or Double entry pockets (two separate pocket bags, so you don't put something from the top to be dropped from the side :)
For the Army A-2 spec Jacket, there are no inside pockets (pockets and more available as custom made work, visit the custom page here) For the Navy G-1 Jacket, there is one inside pocket on the left side Front Facing.
The Hanger loop is stitched through and through the lining to the back panel with an X box stitch for enforcement.
The pocket flap on the A-2 Jacket is curved graciously to a round tip. The pocket flap of the G-1 Navy Jacket isn't as curvy, but isn't a straight line.
Our stock A-2 jacket for horsehide or goat skin will have one size epaulets, 1 7/8" wide in the sleeve-end tapered to 1 3/8" in the neck-end. During WWII, many jackets had to be made in a rush by many different manufactures, therefore variations can be found and we will be happy to custom make it the way you like it.
For the A-2 Jacket, we use #6 Talon or Scovill. For the G-1 Jacket, we use #8 Heavy Duty zipper with a ring loop slider.