AUTHENTIC WILLIS & GEIGER WWII BOMBER JACKET. Up for sale is a super rare and original Willis & Geiger AN-J-3A. These jackets were made along with the AN-J-3, for less than a year in 1943 as a joint services replacement for the A-2 / M-422 flight jackets. The program did not succeed but a few of the jackets were made and issued during WWII.
This is one of the survivors and it's ALL ORIGINAL! Still has spec tag and name EL BERGER on chest. Size 36 tag (see measurements). Original shearling collar has beautiful blond color. "US" is stenciled in white lettering on back of collar.
I have also had two collectors give me the following additional information. This ANJ3A is super rare because of the material of the jacket is horse hide.
In the long history of US NAVY jacket type G-1 this is the only type that used horse hide for the jacket. Others are all goat skin. This information was obtained from.
Full Gear - Collectors Guide on US Flying clothing from the 1920's thru 1970's. That is a very rare jacket indeed. There is some controversy about whether some were made with leather collars back then. This jacket has been well kept for many years. Leather is gorgeous with beautiful patina!
No tears, stains or holes in leather with the exception of one very tiny hole near the shoulder seam (see last pic). Knitting only has a few small holes and stains as can be seen in the pictures. Full lining is in tact. Seams are good and tight. Buttons and zipper in great working condition.
Shearling collar has aged but looks great. There is a slight musty odor from age that is typical. No attempt has been made to clean it. This jacket is definitely in good enough shape to wear!
Shoulder seam to cuff: 23. Shoulder seam to shoulder seam: 16. Top of collar to bottom hem: 27. WE PACKAGE Everything With Extreme Care And Send It Fully-Insured So You Can Be Sure Your Item Will Reach You Safely.
WILLIS & GEIGER 40s AN-J-3A G-1 A-2 LEATHER FLIGHT JACKET BOMBER WW2" is in sale since Friday, July 28, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Uniforms".The seller is "bent-on-vintage" and is located in Traverse City, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.