- Great jacket Review by Lt. Col. Paul R. Jones
I recently received the reproduction Korean War era B-15 with detachable mouton fur collar. It is great, just like the other jackets and apparel I've purchased from US Authentic.
One suggestion: add a button hole to the top center of the fabric collar and add a button to the top center of the mouton. This will keep the mouton from flying away from the top of the neck when attached to the jacket.
I am deploying to the Middle East in the near future. I've decided to wear the B-15 as its fiber filled batting makes it just as warm as the A-2, and it is lighter weight, making it easier to carry and store. Do you make a cloth or silk Desert Storm type blood chit? I have your leather blood chit, but it would not look right sewn on a fabric jacket. and would like to have a blood chit on my B-15..."just in case..."
I took your advice about how to treat my oil soaked goatskin A-2 and tossed it in the dryer for a couple of hours. That dried it a bit and lightened the leather's color. It now it has an aged look. My goal for many years has been to have an A-2 that looked as "50 mission crush-ish" as the A-2 worn by Steve McQueen in the movie The Great Escape.
Again you have my thanks for US Authentic's approach to workmanship; providing authentic aviation gear at reasonable prices. Be assured that once I return home I will be ordering whatever new products you have.
Best Regards. God Bless America. (Posted on 7/28/10)