Original Rare Vietnam War Pilot’s Japanese-Made “John Wayne” Pattern Tigerstripe Flightsuit

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a scarce Vietnam War Flight Suit in the world famous Tigerstripe Camouflage pattern! Most closely associated with U.S. Marine Corps Aviators, these suits were worn by anyone who could purchase one. They have been observed in period photographs with Army and Air Force Aviators as well. These suits were also made famous by the 1991 film Flight of the Intruder where Willem Dafoe’s character wore a suit very similar to this while piloting his Douglas A-1 Skyraider.

This particular flight suit is a good example of a suit made in Japanese sewing shops during the 1960’s. The suit features Japanese-made YKK brand zippers, all of which are still functional. The suit features zippers at each leg and arm cuff, two zippered chest pockets, two flat panel zippered thigh pockets, two gusseted zippered pockets on each calf, double zipper front, and two zippered accesses on each hip.

The suit is marked 42R in ink at the interior of the nape. The nickname “ZITZ” is written in felt marker inside at the nape, just below the size tag. In excellent condition, the only detraction is a “L” shaped tear on the gusseted pocket on the left calf area.

These have always been incredibly hard to find, and when found, commanded a great deal of money. We were lucky enough to have obtained this suit for much less, and we are carrying this on to our customers! Ready for display!

Approx. Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 11”
Shoulder to sleeve: 22”
Shoulder to shoulder: 14”
Chest width: 19”
Waist width: 17”
Inseam: 28"

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