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 Post subject: TYPE A-4 FLIGHT SUITS.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:01 pm 
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I've been very lucky to acquire an A-4 flight suit that fits me :o

The label reads...................

TYPE A-4
DRAWING NO.30-732
A.C.ORDER NO.42-16477-P
PROPERTY
AIR FORCE, U.S.ARMY

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It as crown zippers on the arms, legs and for the main front zip.

The slash pocket that is fitted to the right breast as no zip? but I'm lead to believe this indicates an early design.

BUT?

All the other pairs that I have seen have a pocket stitched to the lower right hand leg but the pair I have don't?

So my main question is this? as it doesn't have a leg pocket would this make them a reproduction pair? all other indications such as dry leather zip pull tabs, a dull finish (possible corrosion?) to the zip teeth and puller and general appearance of the material tell me they are not. But the cotton thread adds a little confusion to the matter? it seems a little "Bright"?

Please put my mind at ease so I can concentrate on different things. :D

MIKE.

AKA THE A.A.F. FERRET APPARENTLY.

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 Post subject: Re: TYPE A-4 FLIGHT SUITS.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:29 pm 
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What about getting your Brownie Box Camera out & posting some pictures, then we can all take a look?

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 Post subject: Re: TYPE A-4 FLIGHT SUITS.
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:08 pm 
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Bird Dog wrote:
What about getting your Brownie Box Camera out & posting some pictures, then we can all take a look?


OK Photos to follow later.

I've attached a photo of an original label (Possible Original) to show the differences in the two styles. I.E. the one in my suit and this one.

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 Post subject: Re: TYPE A-4 FLIGHT SUITS.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:00 pm 
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Well still can't get the camera to work :( but a long standing mate of mine (reddevil1311) on here took a look at it last week and confirmed it to be original :D

Ashley is a bit of a nerd on all things WWII ;) so if he says it is then you can bet your life on it that its true.

So I'm a very happy and contented chappie.

MIKE.

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 Post subject: Re: TYPE A-4 FLIGHT SUITS.
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pocket variations are not uncommon.

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 Post subject: Re: TYPE A-4 FLIGHT SUITS.
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:43 pm 
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Hi all,

new question for the Type A-4s. I have an original A-4, size 44 and it fits my 6' 180lb frame loosely, but the inseam is incredibly short (29").

Do the the A-4s all have short inseams? According to the Class 13 Illustrated Catalog there was only one length for the A-4 (no short, regular, or tall). I have seen only a few wartime photos with A-4 riding high above the ankle - most seem to have a "normal" length, i.e. the bottom rests on the shoes. I'm still looking for a shot of Jimmy Stewart in a flight suit where I can see his feet.

If you have an original A-4 can you measure and post the size and inseam?

Thanks, Jeff

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 Post subject: Re: TYPE A-4 FLIGHT SUITS.
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:12 pm 
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Just measured my original pair and they come up short at 30"

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They also sit just above the ankle which is fine by me as they don't drag on the floor.

MIKE.

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 Post subject: Re: TYPE A-4 FLIGHT SUITS.
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Hi Mike,
thanks for the quick reply - I have a couple of other folks who also measure out in the mid- to upper 20 inches and I have a couple of more measurements on the way. Seems they were not made in length for 6 footers - but surely there were also tall aircrew...

Jeff

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