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US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket
US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket
US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket
US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket
US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket
US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket
US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket
US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket
US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket
US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket
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US Navy 1950s Winter Flying "WEP" Jacket

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I've been looking for a great example of the classic USN WEP Jacket for such a long time, and man is this a beauty. Definitely one of my favourite fitting flight jackets, which for those who don't know, went on to be the jacket that the Stargate team wore in the SG1 series.

The WEP Jacket was first ordered in the very late 1950s, infact before the Bureau of Aeronautics (AER) became the Bureau of Weapons (WEP) from which the WEP jacket takes its name. This is one of these early contacts, the stock number MIL-S-183428 (AER) having been ordered before the 1959 change to WEP. And not only is this a rare early contract, it's in absolutely incredible condition. Finding one of these without a completely destroyed lining is practically unheard of. Add to that some great patches, particularly the very rare 'A-6 Intruder Man' patch that I believe was made by Grumman for early US Navy and Marine A6 pilots when it was first introduced in the early 60s.  

Condition

Honestly, stunning. A little redding to the nylon, and the cuffs/collar have had a few moth nips stitched up, but otherwise, perfect. Conmar zipper works a treat, no holes to the nylon. A great piece.

Size

  • Tagged a 44
  • Fits a modern large
  • Pit to pit 24"
  • Shoulder to shoulder 20"
  • Shoulder to cuff 25"
  • Collar to hem 25"