This jacket is based on a very rare original example from our archives and currently on display in our showroom. Our research since we acquired this original 40-3785-P has unearthed only one other known survivor, which is in a private collection in Japan.
It represents an interesting transition between the complex 1938 Aero A-2 and the much more common 1942 jacket. Gone is the complicated zip arrangement and extra top stitching unique to the 1938 Aero, but the jacket still retains its high collar stand and offset collar. Our jacket replicates every dteail including a perfect replica of the original zipper, a Japanese made period style Talon alloy zipper on herringbone cotton tape, which is fitted as standard.
The 40-3785-P has lost a little of the body taper associated with the 1938 jacket, but still has the slim shoulder and sleeve. This makes the 40-3785-P neater fitting than the 1942 contract though not as neat as the 1938.
Obviously with such a rare jacket there's no way we can lay our hands on a dozen or so to conduct proper research into the contract. In fact we can't even be sure whether it was ever made in seal brown, but we think we can be allowed a little artistic license here and offer the jacket in both russet and seal.
We can't be sure but the jacket belonging to Major General Claire L Chennault looks extremely like a 1940 Aero from the photos that we've been able to find.
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