The Navy’s first carrier landing was made on October 26, 1922 when Lieutenant Commander Godfrey Chevalier brought an Aeromarine biplane aboard USS Langley. Today the Navy’s aircraft carriers are more than three football fields long and their jets are heavy, fast, and devastatingly effective. Naval Aviators haven’t changed, though. They demonstrate the same quiet, steady courage and competence as they catapult off the bow and return to trap the 3-wire on a rolling, pitching deck. The Naval Aviators’ love of their leather flight jackets hasn’t changed either. The G-1 jacket is one of the most coveted possessions of Naval Aviators. Most G-1s are covered with squadron, carrier, and aircraft patches from the aviator’s duty assignments. First issued in 1938 as the M422 and renamed the AN-J-3a in 1943, the Navy’s famous flight jacket became the G-1 in 1951.
Gibson & Barnes follows the original Navy specifications and patterns for the G-1. We make it from large, drum-dyed, semi-aniline goatskins and use genuine mouton (lamb’s wool) for the collar, rib knit for the cuffs and waistband, and a heavy solidbrass zipper. Quick inspection of your jacket shows the utmost attention to detail and quality. Roll the collar up on your G-1 and you’ll notice the gracefully curved throat latch. There is a carefully sewn pencil pocket under the left pocket flap, “USN” cleanly punched into the storm flap, and a snap shut interior pocket for your charts and gear. The recoiling bi-swing back, in the leather and lining, gives you complete lateral movement and double gussets under each arm allow greater vertical reach.
Material: Goatskin Color: Dark Brown
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Gibson & Barnes
1900 Weld Blvd, #140
El Cajon, CA 92020