Our older brother was a naval aviator--flew Sea Sprite helicoptors mainly off destroyers and cruisers in the gulf in the early 90's and also was stationed out of Pearl Harbor after that. My younger brother and I would really like to buy him an "authentic as possible" flight jacket in a size that will fit him (he's gained some weight), and then have his fleet and deployment patches and wings transferred to the new jacket.
I assume we civilians can't purchase official flight jackets directly from the Navy (I think they're goat skin but not positive), and it's also possible that official jackets won't come in a size that will fit him--I'm thinking he's going to be at least a 48. Do any of you have any recommendations for a company that sells high quality flight jackets--Absolutely must be made in the USA??
Thank you if you are able to reply. I sort of busted into this forum just to make this inquiry, and so I apologize for any disrespect. Thank you.
Michael G. SmithSalem, Oregon