Vintage U.S. NAVY Leather G-1 Flight Jacket Korean War Era (1950's) Sz SM/M
The"G-1" Military Flight Jacket is the commonly accepted name for the fur-lined-collar World War II-era flight jacket of theUnited States Navy,Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. A similar jacket used by theUnited States Army Air Corps/United States Army Air Forceswas usually called theA-2 jacket. The G-1 has a mouton fur lined collar, elasticated waistband and cuffs and two button-down front pockets. This jacket was brought to use by the U.S. Navy in the 1930s, and standardized by the Navy in 1940 as the M-422A. In 1943 this jacket, named by the Army Air Forces and the Navy as the ANJ-3 (Army Navy Jacket 3), replaced the iconic Army Air Forces A-2 Jacket. More technically, the term "G-1" was not used as a label for this fur-collared military-issued jacket until after World War II. However, the term "G-1" has come to be used for this style of a naval leather flight jacket. The G-1 remains a current uniform-issue item in naval aviation for officers and enlisted aviation personnel on flying status in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard. Older models had real mouton collars which tend to fade to an auburn or gold color from the sun and sea. More recent models have a synthetic collar, which is much darker and is fade resistant, unlike the earlier models. This jacket is famous for being worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun as well as real U.S.N/U.S.M.C fighter and bomber pilots.
This specific example dates to the early 1950's; the pointed pocket flaps, the U.S. stencil under the back of the collar, and the mouton fur collar which had aged to a wonderful dark gold color are 1950's era specific. The elasticated waistband and cuffs have been replaced at some point but are in great shape and are still tight fitting around the waist and cuffs. The jacket comes with era correct crown zipper and has the early cotton twill canvas map pocket. The jacket was USN Issued and comes complete with the era correct leather name plate as well as the squadron patch.
Pair this with a pair of selvage denim jeans, a white tee, and your favorite pair of vintage boots to complete a functional yet classic look