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Original Contract A-2s
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Aero "Real Deal" 42-15142-P Type A-2 Unmatched Horsehide

This is the jacket that would have been thrown at the raw cadet by the quartermaster. This A2 has been cut just like they would have been at times of leather shortages such as experienced during WWII.

Manufacturers would have tried to squeeze as many jackets out of their leather as possible and marks and scars would not have been avoided, and no care would have been taken as to the matching of grain, panel to panel. Check the original period WW2 photo above.

The end result is probably the nearest to a WWII A2 made since 1943, compare the Aero jacket to the original WW2 jacket in the period photo. Obviously we save on the hides when making such a jacket, and that saving is being passed on to the customer despite the fact that we think this is probably the most truly authentic A2 on the market.

We've taken the original 42-15142-P contract Aero A-2 patterns, copied the original tanning technique, lightly spraying a Seal Brown or Russet coating onto a reddish Horsehide base hide, drumming just enough to bring up the grain without unduly softening the hide. We didn't just use ONE original 15142, we had 14 here at one time during the research period!

This Type A-2 is fitted as standard with a Nickel Triple Marked Talon Zipper with the early Art Deco box and WW2 Bell Shaped Puller on Brown Cotton Herringbone Tape. Antique Brass is available as an option, please request this option in the " specials" box on the shopping cart. We fit a clone of the Aero 42-15142-P label, identical Pale Mustard 100% Cotton lining, identical 100% wool knitted parts with the cuffing from USA.

During WWII all available horsehide was used, not just the prime front quarter. This meant rougher horse skins, leaving on all the scars, natural marks, and not trimming off the jerky shank- there was a war going on, every bit of horse went into the jacket, and the same goes for the 'Real Deal'.

This is the jacket to stand up to a World War and come out the other end looking better than it went in, anyone whose ever looked at original AAF Type A2's would surely agree, remember during WWII Type A2's were not the flawless, shiny unblemished, A2's.

When we first offered this hide oftion in the early 21st Century, this finish was unobtainable from any other reproduction maker, gradually, one after another other makers began to promote the grained look, a far cry from the spotless, matched hides that had previously been de rigeur for the supposed stitch for stitch replicas.

Standard size range is 34" to 48" inclusive, other sizes are available by special order

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