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Old 01-16-2016, 02:31 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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I remember men's leather Flyer's jackets like the WWII style Army Air force A2 and the USN G1 with the mouton [fur collar] used to be a big hit back in the 1980's, especially after Top Gun

These days I rarely see anybody wearing a leather flight jacket, did they go out of style?

they look so 1980's now
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Old 01-16-2016, 09:50 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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they look so 1980's now
That is what makes them unpopular....
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Old 01-16-2016, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I hope not. Wearing mine out tonight. Leather A-2 as in leather, not a fur, collar.
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Old 01-16-2016, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, Fairfax County
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They are not popular like they used to be but they are certainly acceptable.


I think that the good ones are expensive though.
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Old 01-16-2016, 02:30 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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Default WWII leather flight jackets

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They are not popular like they used to be but they are certainly acceptable.


I think that the good ones are expensive though.
yes, they do still make high quality reproductions, still popular with aviation buffs that like the classic look

movies like INDIANA JONES also made them a popular fashion piece back in the 1980's - 90's

the "distressed look" was in style

also popular with people that enjoy vintage clothing 1930's - 1940's styles and Fedora hats.
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Old 01-16-2016, 03:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My teenager has one. She wears it with aviator sunglasses and sometimes a white scarf. She's aware that it's more of a retro look and that's why she likes it.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:38 PM
 
Location: PNW
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Honestly, as an aviation nerd myself, they're dated. I have a silk-lined A-2 and will wear it occasionally.

Now here's the difference though and I'm not talking about leather knock-offs or the sage green nylon variety. The B-3 jacket is the type used by actual bomber crews during WWII flying at high altitude. These are the ones that are dark brown sheepskin and lined with wool. Absolutely stunning coat with an absolutely stunning pricetag. In my opinion, these haven't necessarily gone out of style because many of them are utilitarian. Heck, if I lived in Montana, I'd have one too.
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:43 PM
 
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You really don't see them much these days unless someone is going for a retro look. I think you hit the nail on the head that they seem to 80s.
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:02 PM
 
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I know a couple of guys who still wear these type of jackets.
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:51 PM
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You mean bomber jackets?
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