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Old 5th Jan 2021, 01:13
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Originally Posted by peterperfect
These mannequins had quite a presence in the Swissair Biz Lounge at Zurich a few years ago, marketing Breitling.



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Old 5th Jan 2021, 08:19
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Ooh, lovely! Makes me want to don my AR5.......
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Inhaling their armpit aroma?
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 09:31
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They come in handy for briefings, you could stick it at the back of the room and then slope off..
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 10:58
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Originally Posted by 57mm
Ooh, lovely! Makes me want to don my AR5.......
By any chance have you been frequenting likes of the Torture Garden in London lol on a more serious note - 3 decades ago in Saudi , Bahrain and Oman AR5 equipped aircrew were prepping for Desert Storm..

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Old 6th Feb 2021, 20:53
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From my book RAF Helicopters The First 20 Years inside cover Flt Lt J H Martin in the classic Irwin with his Belvedere crew that lifted the Sculpture atop the Coventry Cathedral in 1962.



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Old 12th Aug 2021, 15:29
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Grrr

Originally Posted by clingon3
When 25 Sqn reformed at Leeming as an F3 Sqn, their Boss, Mick Martin, wanted the Sqn to have an 'identity'. Aviation Leathercraft supplied the 25 Sqn Tornado Jacket to those guys on the Sqn at a discounted rate and the 'identity' was born.....

The Staish at Valley got to hear about said jackets being worn with uniform and banned them for the Sqn MPC at STCAAME roundabout 1990. He didn't want his impressionable young students being misled. Well those cheeky chappies of 25 Sqn did take their jackets to Valley but never wore them. The Det photo though was just of jackets on hangers, hooked over the 'Winder' rail with each owners name on the photo but with the title 'No Jacket Allowed' (required, gettit?). Don't know if the photo ever got to STCAAMEs corridor wall but it certainly didn't hurt anyones career-the Qwip achieved Air Rank and is now a Director Of Something Important with the CAA!
Be great to see the photo please

My 2502 25 sqn Tornado jacket is still in good nick a decade after I purchased it and perhaps todays 25 Sqn instructors should ask Manning & standards if Aviation Leathercraft should reissue this but take out the silhoutte of the F3 from the label.

I wore mine a month ago when flying in the AW149 NMH at Yeovil a month ago,

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Old 12th Aug 2021, 18:27
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There is already an approved pattern leather flying jacket that can be worn with No 2 Dress (“blues”) and No 14 Dress (“flying suit” or 1-piece FACS). If there are enough of you that show an interest on a Squadron then Aviation Leathercraft will do a bespoke lining colour and badge if you want it.


It is very similar to the 25 Sqn or what became the Tornado F3 leather jacket (mine has a V Sqn label in the very same). I also have one of the MOD Approved ones as above - I’ve had it since 1995 and it’s still going strong (once a month rubbed over with midnight blue boot polish). I even had the lining replaced after 20 years by Aviation Leathercraft. They aren’t cheap, but if I think about the 26 years of wear I have had from it, then it works out about £12/year so far - and I fully expect it to be £6/year or less at the rate it’s going!

https://www.flying-jacket.com/jacket...attern-jacket/

It is an MOD Pattern and so there are other suppliers. Pop’s Leather in Turkey do their own, with some extra utility items like a gun stowage and linings. https://www.instagram.com/popsleather/?hl=en

However, unless you are Turkey, then you may as well get the UK manufactured version which is of better quality. By the time you have paid for shipping from Turkey (and any customs duty) then the prices are pretty similar.

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Old 12th Aug 2021, 18:40
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Originally Posted by chopper2004
Be great to see the photo please

My 2502 25 sqn Tornado jacket is still in good nick a decade after I purchased it and perhaps todays 25 Sqn instructors should ask Manning & standards if Aviation Leathercraft should reissue this but take out the silhoutte of the F3 from the label.

I wore mine a month ago when flying in the AW149 NMH at Yeovil a month ago,

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want a spare?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/234100819...8AAOSw3w5gxc8T

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Old 13th Aug 2021, 14:11
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Originally Posted by Lima Juliet
There is already an approved pattern leather flying jacket that can be worn with No 2 Dress (“blues”) and No 14 Dress (“flying suit” or 1-piece FACS). If there are enough of you that show an interest on a Squadron then Aviation Leathercraft will do a bespoke lining colour and badge if you want it.


It is very similar to the 25 Sqn or what became the Tornado F3 leather jacket (mine has a V Sqn label in the very same). I also have one of the MOD Approved ones as above - I’ve had it since 1995 and it’s still going strong (once a month rubbed over with midnight blue boot polish). I even had the lining replaced after 20 years by Aviation Leathercraft. They aren’t cheap, but if I think about the 26 years of wear I have had from it, then it works out about £12/year so far - and I fully expect it to be £6/year or less at the rate it’s going!

https://www.flying-jacket.com/jacket...attern-jacket/

It is an MOD Pattern and so there are other suppliers. Pop’s Leather in Turkey do their own, with some extra utility items like a gun stowage and linings. https://www.instagram.com/popsleather/?hl=en

However, unless you are Turkey, then you may as well get the UK manufactured version which is of better quality. By the time you have paid for shipping from Turkey (and any customs duty) then the prices are pretty similar.
Pops leather website does not work so are they still trading?

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Old 19th Aug 2021, 11:56
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Originally Posted by chopper2004
Pops leather website does not work so are they still trading?

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My Aviation Leathercraft Aircrew Jacket has not been used in several years and is in very good nick. Size 38".
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