Type A-2 :: 75th Ftr Squadron

JACKET - Flying Type A-2 75th Ftr Squadron on HLB Corp Contract 37-3891P

LEATHER SHELL
Seal Brown, Vintage WarHorse®, 100% Veg-tanned horsehide
INSIGNIA
75th Sqd patch to left breast, CBI shield to left shoulder, AAF roundel to right shoulder, Blood chit to back, Lt.Col. rank to epaulettes
THREAD
Premium quality 3-ply 100% cotton
LINING
Authentic shade and weave in 100% cotton
KNIT
Tube construction. 100% wool in correct weave and colour
PRESS STUDS
Correct model 'Ball Stud' in nickel finish
COLLAR HOOK
Correct model, in black, with kinked eye, and hand sewn
ZIP
KWIK® M-31 - an Eastman trademarked brand
LABEL
Shuttle-loom, Rayon-yarn, perfect reproduction of the original maker

The fourth addition to the Elite Units series is another from the China, Burma, India (CBI) theatre of operations: The 75th Fighter Squadron 'TIGER SHARKS'.

The 75th was one of three squadrons that belonged to the famed 23rd Fighter Group during WWII. During their service with that unit, they carved themselves an impressive record, earning a Presidential Unit Citation.

Their squadron insignia was one of that of a turning Tiger Shark, spitting red bullets from stylised fins.

In collaboration with layered-leather patch artist, Sean Collins, of 'A2 Jacket Patches', our recreation is taken directly from an original 75th jacket, emulating every detail with utmost authenticity, sporting beautifully hand-crafted, layered leather insignia, just like the original garment. We cannot emphasize enough the quality in these stunning patches. Each piece is hand-cut and then sewn using minute, accurate stitching, with every detail matched precisely to the original.

This product also debuts our recreation of one of the rarest original maker A-2 contracts that can be found - the H.L.B. Corp, contract 9709 37-3891P. Contracted in March 1937, only 375 pieces were produced - only a couple are known to have survived to present day.

It has a number of unique features, not least the M-31 Kwik zip. The Kwik brand and trademark, which disappeared after the war, was acquired and reinstated again by ourselves several years ago. We have re-tooled to produce the early, and very rare, M-31 model Kwik - the exact type used in this contract of A-2.

The garment is finally given our TimeWorn® process, which renders the garment with a stunning vintage patina that is unbelievably convincing.

The product is delivered in a custom-made, metal-edge, hard-card box, to treasure forever, and eventually hand-down to your next generation - just like an original.

£1,199.99

NOTE: Jackets that are personalised with insignia, or that are Time Worn® (where Time Worn® is optional), are non-returnable

Customer Size Guide

Jackets and Tops

Measure your chest over a T-shirt; it is helpful to get someone to do this for you. Do not inflate your lungs, just relax and stand with your arms out. The tape measure should be run around your chest right up under your arms and held snug, but not tight - this is your chest measurement.

Measure your chest The Size you
should order
in cm
34-36 86-91 36 XS
36-38 91-96 38 S
38-40 96-101 40 M
40-42 101-106 42 M
42-44 106-111 44 L
44-46 111-116 46 L
46-48 116-121 48 XL

Gloves

Measure the circumference of your hand around your 4 knuckles (obviously do not include your thumb). Correlate this measurement with size chart below to assess your glove size.

Measure of your knuckles The Size you
should order
in cm
7 - 8 18 - 20 XS
8 - 9 20 - 23 S
9 - 10 23 - 25 M
10 - 11 25 - 28 L
11 - 12 28 - 30 XL

Hats

Measure the circumference of your head.

Measure of your head The Size you
should order
in cm
21½ - 22 54 - 55.5 XS
22 - 22½ 55.5 - 57 S
22½ - 23 57 - 58.5 M
23 - 23½ 58.5 - 60 L
23½ - 24 60 - 61.5 XL
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