The magnificent LOST WORLDS reproduction of the AAF
Russet Horsehide A-2 Flight Jacket, J.A. Dubow Mfg. Co. (Chicago, Illinois)
contract. WWII. The icon of Winged Victory.
The flight jacket that pushed us into manufacturing -- because nothing existed
to satisfy our strict requirements as collectors and historians. The jacket that
first made our reputation -- for the A-2 is a formidable challenge. Always.
Every material and component used between the 1931 introduction through its WWII
issue no longer exists. Everything must be recreated, from the ground up. The
challenge is enormous, daunting. Painful to describe. Yet when one understands
and appreciates these complexities he marvels at our accomplishment. And
understands the price, which is quite reasonable given the task.
American materials produced exclusively for LOST WORLDS. Our incomparable
heavyweight Chrome-Tanned Russet Horsehide Leather (genuine) 3.0 - 3.5+
oz. (Doesn't whiten, distress prematurely or chip or flake if you breathe on it!
It is, in fact, seemingly indestructible). The correct darker Russet, not orange or overly red --
originals faded/oxidized to these tones but didn't so start out. Deep, magical Russet, a
perfect WWII emulation.
Meant to be worn in the worst weather, thrives on
being drenched. Best thing to break in, to articulate the fabulous deep grain.
If one's so-called
"authentic" flight jacket reproduction spots, if its dye runs or fades
with exposure, he's
bought an inauthentic jacket. The armed services did not procure flight
apparel to fail, to "antique," in the wet and salt of European and Pacific theaters,
as leather gear had rotted in WW1 trench warfare, hastening the commercial
industry changeover to chromium from vegetable tanning for garment leather. LOST WORLDS horsehide must be broken in: we don't roll, soften, antique,
fake, process our
Horsehide. Nor did the AAF. Our products emulate the world where baseball
gloves, jeans and jackets needed to be shown who's boss! They aren't fashion
statements. The break-in is something you want to do, incidentally. It
makes the jacket you and yours.
back, of course. No correct A-2 has anything but.
Brown Cotton lining -- not just
any cotton, the 196/90 Type VI Oxford military construction is the tightest woven in the world,
and waterproof to boot; no cotton anywhere, regardless of cost or origin,
compares. Our Tobacco Brown is the as-issued, unfaded color -- originals faded
dramatically for a host of reasons (see examples below). 100% Wool Knit, correct Russet shade,
exact weave, density and hand. Brass cast military Talon Zipper. Covered
Snaps. 100% Russet Cotton Thread. (The thread too, being natural, fades with
age; originals never came with lighter thread. Why would they?) 8
stitches per/inch, tighter than originals, even the best ones. The works. Just
look at the pictures. Note the precision of detail and tolerances. Go to our
see our cherished originals: which appear better-made, those or ours? We try to
surpass, not equal. It's our way of honoring our forebears. It's what Americans
are supposed to do. Made, of course, in
USA at our own factory.