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Here’s something a bit different ~ an opportunity to own and wear with pride a rare A2 Flight Jacket bearing the insignia of the US Strike Fighter Squadron 11 (VFA-11), also known as the ‘Red Rippers’.
This extract is taken from Wikepedia, where this is a fairly comprehensive account of the squadron’s history:
In January 1966 the Rippers traded their F-8Es for F-8Ds. In the Fall of 1966, they moved toNAS Oceana and transitioned to the F-4B Phantom. The squadron saw its first combat on July 25, 1967 over North Vietnam fromUSS Forrestal (CV-59). The brief combat period on Yankee Station was cut short when, on July 29, 1967, the Forrestal fire occurred. VF-11 lost 47 men in the catastrophe.
Made from 100% leather with a 100% cotton lining, this extremely rare flight jacket is in very good to excellent condition, discounting the usual scuffs and nicks that one would expect of a vintage item of this type. The leather exterior is as supple and durable as when it was made and benefits from the patina that only age and use can bestow. Whilst one of the flexy cuffs needs stitching and the hemline has acquired a moth or snag hole, overall both cuffs and hemline are in good shape and show no signs of needing replacing.
The jacket fastens on a ‘YKK’ zipper and has press-stud closers on the underside of each collar ~ all work perfectly as do the press-studs on the lined patch side-pockets. The interior pocket fastens on a button.
The photographs that I have included clearly demonstrate the nature and quality of the insignia both on the front and on the reverse of the jacket. The reverse detail is as striking as the roundel is humorous; Wikipedia gives a good account of how the boars head and sausages became part of the squadron’s lexicon (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VFA–11)
No size label, so take heed of the following approximate measurements taken with tunic laid out flat:
Underarm to Underarm: 24ins
Shoulder Seam to Cuff: 25ins
Collar to Hem: 25ins
An Unusual Item/Strikingly Different/Good, Large Size/Ready to Wear
Alternatively, buyer can collect in person… All of the vintage clothes and accessories listed here can be viewed and tried on at our converted Victorian shoe factory in Rushden, Northants, where we have an ever-increasing number of 1930s’/40s’ items both ‘in the style of’ and originals.