U.S. Flight Jacket CD-ROM
This jacket is a reproduction of the W535-AC-29191 contract by Bronco Mfg. Corp. of New York, NYC.—the first of two
contracts awarded to that company. This contract was placed by the Army Air Forces on May 18, 1942,
and was issued for 50,000 units. Bronco was a unit of the Isaak Spiewak Co., also of New York, and was run by
one of the nephews of Mr. Spiewak, along with United Sheeplined.
This contract was produced using horsehide and goatskin, and most likely steerhide as well. This particular jacket is
made with a beautiful 3oz. veg-tanned aniline finished horsehide from Horween of Chicago, ILL.
The hand of this hide is actually quite soft, yet dense and quite comfortable. The hides are procured in an unfinished state
of tobacco brown, and finished with our own technique. This begins with a tumble to bring up the natural grain and a day
long drying process. The hides are then hand rubbed with pigment in multiple colors to achieve the desired effect.
The jacket is pre-aged after completion, so that it looks like a well preserved but well used vintage original A-2.
The features of the Bronco contracts are a scallop pocket flap, beveled pocket corners, a smart body pattern, and simple sleeve design.
This contract was quite common to see in WWII photos, and has a very smart pattern and look. Their related company, United Sheeplined,
has similar beveled pockets and other shared details.
Original Bronco A-2s were made with both Crown and Talon zippers, and this jacket has a reproduction M-42 Talon with vintage
Talon slider. Also, the jacket comes with NOS United Carr snaps, which are extremely hard to find today. The model used in this
jacket is identical to those used in original Bronco A-2s, coming from a wartime source that we have acquired.
This is a test jacket that was made up as a "proof of concept" on the new leather technique, and in the John's size to allow
for pics to be taken. The jacket is made with rather soft knits, which aren't quite as crisp a wool as our usual knits.
As with all of David's A-2 jackets, this particular jacket is numbered down inside the left sleeve (on the lining) and happens
to be number #74. This is done to hopefully, in the future, discourage anyone from trying to sell the jacket as an original, once
it has more age on it.
This jacket will ideally fit a person who is 5'10" to 6'1", with a chest circumference of 42-43", and weight of
| Front along zipper
| Front chest under arms
| Back width under arms
| Back height
| Shoulder width
| Sleeves, from shoulder to end
|Diamond Clothing Co. Bronco Mfg. Corp. A-2 Jacket
Price: $899.00 (new unused condition) — note shipping costs below
Fit: comfortable in the right size
Leather: veg-tanned russet Horween horsehide
Snaps: NOS United Carr line-20 black oxide ring snaps
Knits: mid-brown wool
Thread: olive drab cotton
Zipper: reproduction Talon with vintage Talon slider
Our standard shipping costs are $45.00 for customers within the U.S.A (insured Priority Mail), and $72.00 for customers
outside of the U.S.A., using USPS EMS trackable shipping.
Payment can be made either by credit card, check, or using PayPal.com, with our
moniker of email@example.com. For credit cards, please email your intent to purchase the jacket, and we will email
a SecureNet form to fill out with your credit card information (within the USA - we have to receive your
information via phone or email for international transactions).