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 Buzz Rickson’s
Black MA-1
Flying Jacket
Original Full Cut
William Gibson

Price: $480.00
Shipping Costs: $28.50
UPS Ground and insurance within the continental USA.

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Prices subject to change with out notice
 The U. S. Air Force MA-1 Intermediate Flying Jacket was introduced as the direct descendant of the “modified” B-15D Flying Jacket in 1957. These early MA-1 jackets were made of a grayish shade of sage green heavy nylon twill fabric, warmly lined with woolen fiber filling sandwiched between the outer nylon shell and the sage green inner nylon lining. Later MA-1’s produced in the 1960’s declined in quality and warmth and featured a reversible orange lining. Buzz Rickson’s has offered an absolutely magnificent copy of the first-pattern MA-1 Flying Jacket ever since they began making historical clothing in 1994.

Early in 2003, best-selling novelist William Gibson released a groundbreaking new book, PATTERN RECOGNITION. This absorbing and masterfully crafted novel is set in the period immediately following “9-11”, featuring a high-tech., super-hip, cyber-chic, anti-fashion sophisticate, Cayce Pollard, as the heroine. Brilliantly woven within the many pages of cutting-edge prose Mr. Gibson has crafted is the one object more valued by Cayce Pollard than any other she owns – the Black Buzz Rickson’s MA-1 Flying Jacket.

William Gibson is an author of superior talent and exceptional good taste. Vintage clothing represents an area of personal interest to him, this especially includes wristwatches, MA-1 jackets and the1950 fishtail parka of the U. S. Army. He is a great admirer of the goods produced by Buzz Rickson’s, which is what provided the inspiration for the fictionalized Buzz Rickson’s Black MA-1 Jacket worn by his central character. Mysteriously, in the course of writing his novel, Mr. Gibson forgot that no MA-1’s were ever produced for the USAF in black; unbeknownst to Mr. Gibson, one of those strange twists of fate was now being cooked and a new legend was about to emerge.

The marketing team at Buzz Rickson’s was looking for a very unique and special item to acknowledge their tenth anniversary in 2004. Sometime in 2002, just as William Gibson was simultaneously giving life to the Buzz Rickson’s Black MA-1, Buzz Rickson’s was giving life to their tenth anniversary jacket - a special limited edition MA-1 fabricated in jet black. With the highly successful release of PATTERN RECOGNITION in the early days of 2003 came an unfamiliar swarm of customers here at the offices of Buzz Rickson’s USA agency, all clamoring for non-existent Buzz Rickson’s Black MA-1’s! After contacting our friends in Japan and putting feelers out to Mr. Gibson, the irony crystallized.

Built with the same attention to detail that made Buzz Rickson a brand some Japanese customers wait well over a year to obtain and assembled out of authentic vintage-spec. serendipity, we are pleased to offer all those dedicated and uniquely anti-fashion fans of PATTERN RECOGINTION the Buzz Rickson’s Black MA-1. You, the fans, asked for this item, and with our own styling suggestions, Buzz Rickson’s has agreed to use their 1957 Lion Uniform Company MA-1 as the basis for this garment, made with original spec. heavy nylon twill (but now in black), heavy-duty Crown® zippers and devoid of any USAF markings other than the Buzz Rickson’s MA-1 spec. label in the lining, just as Cayce Pollard would have had it. Other than the color, this MA-1 is identical to the first-pattern MA-1 issued to the USAF, and exactly what William Gibson had in mind for Cayce. This MA-1 is a limited edition with finite stocks available, so act now! Take note of these authentic features:

• Copy of original maker’s label design produced on a vintage shuttle loom

•Custom manufacturing of the correct weight and weave Black nylon outer and inner lining shell to precisely match 1957 USAF specs. and treated to repel water

•Correct USAF spec. inner lining of warm wool fiber filling sandwiched between the outer and inner shell lining

•Two snap-down exterior pockets lined with warm 80/20 wool-rayon fabric precisely matching 1957 USAF specs.

•Two snap-down interior pockets lined with heavy 100% cotton twill fabric precisely matching 1957 USAF specs.

•Exact copy of the heavy-duty 1953 Crown® zippers on sleeve pocket and jacket front, with zip tape made of 100% cotton HBT fabric, not incorrect poly-cotton

•Heavy all-cotton zipper pull tab designed for easy functioning with gloves

•Heavy wind flap protector located behind zipper closure

•Correct USAF spec. leather pull tab on sleeve pocket

•Custom manufacturing of the correct, two-ply, 100% worsted wool knit collar, cuffs and waist skirt in Black

•Heavy parachute harness nylon in Black correctly sewn to left front chest for attaching oxygen mask retainer clip

•Two snap-down tabs (one on each breast) for retaining headset and microphone wiring leads, exactly as on original 1957 MA-1’s

•Zippered pocket on left sleeve outfitted with four pen/pencil slots and two anti-puncture pencil caps made of 1945 spec. USAF brass

Crown® is a registered trademark in the USA of History Preservation Associates.

Buzz Rickson’s goods are imported from Japan.
Sizes: 40-48