Eastman Leather Jacket Horsehide USAAF A-2 Cable Raincoat CO. 23382
This Cable Raincoat Co. Contract 23382 A-2 Flight Jacket is one of several jackets we offer that copy specific original manufacturer styles. These items are for those who want more than accuracy - they want history! Original-maker jackets are EXACT copies of specific original jacket contractors and contracts from manufacturers dating between 1931-1944. No two contractor jackets were identical; there can often be found differences even from the same contractor in a subsequent contract or in a single contract. To truly have an exact copy A-2 Flight Jacket, one must state which contractor and contract has been copied, then follow through and actually recreate every aspect and nuance of its construction.
The Cable Raincoat Co. contract 23382 A-2 Flight Jacket represents a pre-war contract that began production in 1942. A-2 Jackets of this contract can be found in horsehide, steerhide, and quite a number in goatskin, most of which are a very caramel-like shade of russet brown. Every nuance of the original contract has been copied in this example: label, stitch style and count, shape and contour of pockets and epaulets, seam allowances, thread color, lining and knit color, inspector stampings, pocket labels, collar stand, ball-style press studs and collar clips. Our total use of custom-made components throughout every garment’s production and design is not to be confused with the vastly cheaper and inaccurate use of stock components employed by lesser manufacturers to produce so-called vintage reproduction USAAF flying jackets. In fact, the only other leather flying jackets in the world today assembled with components like those found on our jackets are the original vintage examples of the USAAF from the 1940s. Original A-2 Jackets of the 23382 contract are real veterans, seeing combat use in every theater of WWII. Our Cable Raincoat A-2 Jackets are part of our flagship line. Grab yourself a piece of real Army Air Corps history while they last! Take note of these authentic features:
• Exact copy of the original maker’s label produced on a vintage shuttle loom
• All-cotton russet brown-thread construction as found on most of the 23382 contract A-2 Flying Jackets originally produced in the 1940s
• Correct USAAF spec. 3-ounce weight, vegetable-tanned Warhorse horsehide leather outer shell dyed in a gorgeous russet brown semi-aniline finish
• Collar assembly following the simplified style adopted for the mass production of 1942-44, exactly as found on all vintage A-2s originally produced by Cable Raincoat Co.
• Single-piece back construction
• Custom manufacturing of the correct weight and weave all-cotton, inner-lining fabric to precisely match 1940s USAAF specs. and dyed in the mustard-brown shade found on original vintage Cable Raincoat A-2s
• Metal collar clip custom manufactured to the original USAAF spec. and finished in correct semi-matte nickel plating
• Custom manufacture of correct ball-and-socket-style press studs located on pockets and collar ends, exactly duplicating the smaller (collar-size) and larger (pocket-size) found on original vintage Cable Raincoat A-2s
• Shoulder straps exactly matching the shape, size and stitch style found on original vintage Cable Raincoat A-2s
• Two snap-down exterior pockets with stitching and pocket flap configuration exactly matching the style found on original vintage Cable Raincoat A-2s
• Snap-down collar exactly matching the shape, size and stitch style found on original Cable Raincoat A-2s
•Reproduction 1940’s Kwik zipper in matte nickel finish with zip tape made of all-cotton HBT fabric, not incorrect poly-cotton, and tape ends rolled and glued at base exactly as found on the original 1940s zippers. Zippers made under the Kwik label were one of four brands found in use during the original production of A-2 Jackets in the 1930s and 1940s (many of the original A-2s made by Cable Raincoat Co. had Kwik zippers), with Kwik being the rarest of the four zipper brands, and we are the only company in the world to offer Kwik zippers in their jackets.
• AAF inspector’s ink stamping on cotton lining, exactly matching the individual number associated with original Cable Raincoat A-2s
• Custom manufacturing of the correct two-ply all-wool knit cuffs and waist skirt in medium brown, with cuffs correctly graduating from a wider weave into a more narrow weave, exactly matching those found on original vintage Cable Raincoat A-2s
• Heavy leather hanging loop correctly sewn directly through the jacket lining and outer leather shell using a box stitch
• Cotton label (with printed size and lot number) located in pocket, exactly matching those found on vintage Cable Raincoat A-2s