Original U.S. Post WWII & Vietnam War Era Navy Aviators Bomber Jacket and Service Jacket - 2 Items
Original Items: Only One Lot of 2 Available. This is a wonderful opportunity to add a Late WWII to Post WWII USN Pilot Jackets to your collections.
Naval aviation is the application of military air power by navies, whether from warships that embark aircraft, or land bases.
Naval aviation is typically projected to a position nearer the target by way of an aircraft carrier. Carrier-based aircraft must be sturdy enough to withstand demanding carrier operations. They must be able to launch in a short distance and be sturdy and flexible enough to come to a sudden stop on a pitching flight deck; they typically have robust folding mechanisms that allow higher numbers of them to be stored in below-decks hangars and small spaces on flight decks. These aircraft are designed for many purposes, including air-to-air combat, surface attack, submarine attack, search and rescue, equipment transport, weather observation, reconnaissance and wide area command and control duties.
Naval helicopters can be used for many of the same missions as fixed-wing aircraft while operating from aircraft carriers, helicopter carriers, destroyers and frigates.
This group consists of the following:
- Chief Petty Officer Aviation Machinist’s Mate Jacket: The uniform coat features the CPO chevron in bullion on the left sleeve only, as well as 3 service stripes, also on the left sleeve only, a common practice from the era. The Chief that wore this jacket served in the Pacific during WWII. The ribbons featured are Good Conduct with Star, WWII Victory, American Defense, China Service and the Asiatic Pacific With 1 Star.
- U.S. Naval Aviator Type G-1 Leather Flight Jacket Size 42: One-of-a-kind. Dating from the Vietnam war this excellent condition leather G-1 flight jacket with fur collar is size 42. The "G-1" military flight jacket is the commonly accepted name for the fur-lined-collar World War II-era flight jacket of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The G-1 remains a current uniform-issue item in naval aviation for officer and enlisted aviation personnel on flying status in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard (i.e., Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, Naval Flight Surgeon, Naval Aircrewman, etc.) and is arguably best known as the leather flight jacket as worn by Tom Cruise in the film Top Gun.
Both items are in excellent condition with faint handwritten markings, making them wonderful research opportunities. Comes ready to display!
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