The G-1 was introduced into service in late 1930s as the official flight jacket of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corp flyers. The bi-swing pleat in the shoulder (which extends down the back to a belted waist) and double gussets under each arm provided for ease of movement in places which had notoriously small cockpits (as well as provided the movment to swim, if needed..). Our jacket faithfully reproduces the two large front, button flap pockets, with radiused lower corners and a gently curved flap. The same merino lamb mouton fur collar (with button closure flap and white "USN" stamp on the jacket's under-collar), zipper wind-flap with "USN" perforation and 100% rayon lining will keep you warm in the air or on the ground.
The stock jacket is made in seal brown goatskin, seal brown mouton fur collar, and has double entry front pockets. If you prefer a single entry pocket (military spec.) just let us know in the instruction box during check out and we will take care of it at no extra charge.
If you like to create your personal specifications please visit the custom G-1 jacket below.
Strong commitment to quality Review by Richard Routt
I was very pleased when my new Navy G-1 arrived earlier this week from U S Manufacturing. This jacket represents to me the happy ending to a seven plus year search for a Navy G-1 that could meet my drive for a superior level of quality coupled with authenticity. Let me explain; I had acquired a G-I in 1969 when I left the Navy. That G-1 was with me for nearly twenty years and accompanied me on many memorable adventures that helped shaped my life as it is today.
finally, I could not longer wear it as it was now too small. I sold it to a collector and forgot about G-1's for about two years. I then got the urge to own another and located an early one that fit I become obsessed with finding better G-1's and finally begin buying and selling them. This was a lot of fun and I met some great people as a result. Finally, the demands of working a sixty-hour week eliminated the spare time to look for vintage G-1's, I still wanted to own an authentic G-l. I decided that a new one was the answer, I spent several months of time researching both quality and authenticity. I settled on a Willis and Geiger. I spent a tremendous amount of time talking to their designers and ultimately to Burt Avedon personally trying to buy their authentic model with single entry pockets. Impossible!
I discovered the Eastman Company and ultimately not only paid a high price but also waited a long time to get their G-1 that "could be passed down to my son" become the quality was so superb. I waited anxiously for the G-1 to arrive when I finally got it I was disappointed in the ribbing on the bottom and cuffs. The pattern looked right but the material seemed thin by comparison to others l has seen. I wore the jacket a short period of time and the BI swing pleat in the back began folding inward to the extreme. I ware it very little over the next year as the pleat situation kept getting worse and it annoyed me. Time passed, I was busy building a career and moved more than one time, finally last year I was able to track their US rep down again. I had paid a lot of money for what was advertised as a superior product. I realize that time had passed but the attitude of both the Eastman Company and their US rep was "there is not a problem". I spent $60.00 for shipping the G-1 to Eastman's factory in England to have new elastic put in. When the G-l came back, it was exactly the same! I was not only extremely disappointed in the supposed quality, but also very unhappy about their approach to customer service. I do not mind spending a lot of money for things that are as advertised and make me but I did not get any satisfaction from Eastman Leather Clothing whatsoever. I finally sold the jacket at an extreme loss,... so much for lasting quality and resale value. I have since advised six potential buyers to look elsewhere for a G-l or A-2.
I found US Authentic Manufacturing by accident on the Internet The web-site looked good, but I have had a lot of experience with G-1's that just donâ€™t measure up, I called and talked directly to Shaul Dover, the President of the company. I was really impressed with the commitment to quality that you voiced and I asked several more critical questions about materials and construction, and got all the right answers. I ordered your G-1 and I am really pleased with the level of qualify and authenticity. The attention to detail is excellent and the materials are top quality. The goatskin used is an excellent overall match and very thick yet very soft and pliable. The price was a real bargain even more so if you consider the option of custom features to the customer's design for only $100.00 more. For my money, the real key factor has been the dedicated level of customer service and genuine desire to provide what the customer truly wants. I look forward to wearing my new US Manufacturing G-I as often as possible. In addition, I will show it with great pride to all of my associates that have an interest in preserving W.W.II flying history. I look forward to the day in the near future when I buy one of your other quality flight jackets. (Posted on 7/22/10)
Outstanding job Review by Frank Lee
January 1999. My G-1 flight jacket just arrived here at the office...and I want to congratulate you all for an OUTSTANDING job reproducing this jacket. I inspected it very closely and it conforms to MilSpec. In addition, the quality of the jacket is superb. It is certainly better quality than the one I had when I was in the Marine Corps in the sixties! Would I recommend your company to others? Yes. Keep up the good work.
February 1999. I cannot convey enough "thank you's" for the support and patience extended to me while trying to make my G-1. Despite errors I made measuring for a custom fit, they succeeded in making an outstanding jacket. While the workmanship was superb, their customer service was simply outstanding. As a former Marine pilot (Vietnam era), I can attest to this jacket's authenticity and quality. Incidentally, my son is wearing my original. If you want a quality G-1 and service, buy here. (Posted on 7/21/10)
Perfect fit, craftsmanship, and authenticity Review by Dan Pope
I just wanted to say how pleased I am with the G-1 I purchased before Christmas last year. I spent a lot of time looking at catalogs and surfing the net deciding which jacket to buy, and I am certain I could not have done better at any price. The fit, the craftsmanship and most of all, the authenticity, are perfect. The first time I wore it into the office, one of my partners, a Navy Reserve JAG officer spotted it from 50 paces -- and accused me of having a "restricted issue" jacket. My father-in-law, who served twenty years aboard carriers, plans to get one shortly, and another partner, who served first as a Marine officer, and later in the Navy, and who wore his G-1 in Vietnam, has your address as well. Thanks!
(Posted on 7/21/10)
Excellent repair Review by Steve Warwick
Just a short note to thank you for your prompt and excellent repair of my G-1 jacket. The cuffs and waistband match well and frankly your knit material is superior to the mil spec stuff that was on the coat. I will now enjoy the use of this jacket, and appreciate your efforts. Thanks
again! (Posted on 7/21/10)
Job well done! Review by Andrew Todd Fox
I ordered my G1 Flight Jacket from US Authentic after many months of searching the web along with regular commercial companies. I decided to give US Authentic a call (Nothing to lose, its a 1 888 # !) and was very pleased with the customer service that I was given. I was burned with a jacket order that I had made about a year ago. The partially named company, AV##EX, had sent me jacket that didn't fit & was of very poor quality.
Stuck with a jacket that...one, didn't fit... and two, didn't look good... I was going to be very critical of ANY company who was going to replace my worthless, and expensive, G1 jacket. The folks at US Authentic were VERY helpful in sizing a jacket for me. I kept insisting that I wanted a jacket size that was larger than the one that didn't fit me currently. They took my measurements (Height, Weight, Jacket Size, Waist Size) and assured me
that my correct size would be a 40R. I had also wanted some custom work done on my jacket... Including: Side entry pockets, double map pockets inside, an inside chest pocket with pen holder, and a custom leather zipper
pull tab to name a few. I was very surprised that all of this custom work would be done for a non-changing base amount of $100.00! I couldn't believe that I could get any kind of modification that I wanted for only $100.00.
I received my jacket, in 4 days, and was very pleased with the work that had been done. I salute US Authentic... with a job well done! (Posted on 7/21/10)
Simply amazing Review by B. M. O'Connell
The jacket came today and I can't thank you enough for the work that went into it. Its everything advertised and much more. I'm really grateful for the research that went into the squadron patch. I know that this could not have been easy to locate. Amazing.
Thanks again for a remarkable piece of craftsmanship. Its wonderful to know that this quality is flourishing in your business and I hope that many more hear about your work.
Good luck in all of your future endeavors - you deserve every success! (Posted on 7/21/10)
Very fine product Review by Ben Smith
I ordered a G 1 flight jacket as a surprise for my son, age 30. I had a lengthy discussion with Dover when I called in the order and gave him my son's overall specs, etc. To make a long story short, the jacket was received in timely fashion and I opened the parcel with him. I find it difficult to describe the pleasure I experienced when we examined the jacket for the first time. The quality was, to say the least, exceptional!
The leather was real 5 star plus quality and consistent throughout the entire garment. I couldn't be more pleased! I have a personal A 2 from another mfg. that I had considered to be pretty darn good, but, your jacket beats them all. I am so envious of the G 1 that I bought for my son that I see one for myself in the future. Again, congratulations for such a fine
product. We are extremely well pleased. (Posted on 7/21/10)
Fit is simply excellent Review by John Anderson
My new jacket arrived today and I wanted to express my thanks to you. I knew the quality would be outstanding as the two previous jackets I looked at were exceptional. However, I was a little apprehensive about the custom size because I have very little confidence in my ability to measure myself
or to imagine how much material needed to be taken out of the jacket.
Well, the fit is simply excellent. (Even my wife thinks so.) The length is right on the money and the taper from back to waist is equally great.
Thanks for your help and input. All this in only 3 business days. Well done! Thank you once again. You sincerely deserve the testimonial. (Posted on 7/21/10)
Attention to detail is exceptional Review by Greg Buhyoff
I received my customized G-1 yesterday. After researching several companies who make or provide flight jackets, I discovered U.S. Authentic.
Over the years I have owned many flight jackets -- those that were issued to me by the Air Force and others I acquired over time. I wanted a G-1 that was made to the highest standards of workmanship. But, further, I wanted a customized version since I am a pilot and wanted some changes to the inside pockets to facilitate their use in flight. Also, and even more important, I wanted a jacket that fit me perfectly. After speaking with Customer service and discussing my needs and requirements, he said that none of my requests presented even the slightest problem. I ordered the jacket at noon on a Friday.
The jacket was delivered the following Wednesday! I was shocked! A customized jacket that fast. Well, let me say this, when I opened the box and took out the jacket I a smile came over me immediately. Being the owner of so many jackets, I could see immediately the high quality of workmanship. Now that I have had a chance to wear and examine the jacket in fine detail, I cannot be more pleased. The attention to detail is exceptional. The workmanship is superb and the selection of leather is absolutely tops. Working with U S Authentic was a pleasure and special. They obviously cares and wants to provide a product that will provide 100% satisfaction to the customer. All I can say, is that I am 110% satisfied! Thank you all the craftspeople at U.S. Authentic. You can be proud of your skill and the products you produce. I have already selected the next jacket I am going to order from you. And, you will be hearing from me shortly.
Thanks again, from one happy pilot.
(Posted on 7/21/10)
Best quality and workmanship I have ever seen Review by Mark Baran
As noted previously, my father was a Navy/Marine aviator during World War II. He saw action from the Battle of Coral Sea up the Pacific Rim. In the last two years since his passing, I have been looking for a company that could make a good quality G-1. My considerations were not only quality and authenticity, but also someone I could trust with his squadron and campaign patches, which are irreplaceable. On your assurance, I forwarded the patches along with my order. On receiving the G-1 I have to say that it is the best quality and workmanship I have ever seen in a flight jacket. I have G-1 jackets that cost twice as much as the one made for me by your company that are no where near the level of quality of U.S. Authentic. Many, many thanks! If my dad was around to see it, I'm sure he would agree. (Posted on 7/21/10)
- Unquestionable quality unsurpassed customer support Review by Rod
- I received my G-1 several days sooner than expected. This jacket was ordered to verify the size for a custom jacket. Real nice leather feels great so dose that BIG ZIPPER. PS Shaul has been very helpful 24-7 so at least let him have christmas off !!! (Posted on 12/15/13)
- Very Authentic Review by JosephC
- Shaul, Thank you for the great service, my G-1 fit perfectly. My jacket has the hand warmer pockets which takes away from the authenticity but the work is meticulously done. A quick look at jacket and it appears that the pocket design blends right into the military spec pocket. Excellent quality. Thank You. Joseph C. (Posted on 12/6/13)
- Navy G-1 Flight Jacket Review by Bill
- Excellent service, great work. I sent in my 54 year old G1 flight jacket for repair. The moths had eaten the cuffs and waistband. They repaired and returned this jacket like new...Thanks, Bill Lynn San Diego,CA (Posted on 12/17/12)