The first Specification A-2 flight jacket was made in 1931 by the P. Goldsmith Sons Co. The contract was for only 25 jackets. There has never been a surviving jacket found from this contract and, until recently, not much information was known about the design. We knew that the pockets on the first few contracts had buttons, not snaps so this was a feature of the Goldsmith jacket, but not much else was known.
Then in July of 2018, a new photo surfaced of the top Army Air Corps officers at a luncheon. The photo was taken by a newpaper photographer in 1932 and transfered to microfilm, so the resolution is fairly high. On Hap Arnold's A-2 jacket. We were able to identify a loop on the collar similar to an A-1. Also the collar did not have snaps at all. These two features, combined with some others unique features, do not match any other A-2 contracts ever made. There are examples of every other contract in museums and collections, so we can confirm it is not another contract. Given the high profile officer, the 1932 date, and the unique features of the jacket, we can eliminate all other possible A-2 jackets contracts and can confirm it is the Goldsmith jacket.
We have done exhaustive research on the Goldsmith company and archive photos. With the help of our colleagues at the Vintage Leather Jackets Forum, we have identified all the details on the jacket and have procured the parts and labels.
This reproduction is now available for preorder at a huge discount off the retail price. Once the jacket is listed on the website, this discount will not be available.
Our Goldsmith A-2 has all 100% period correct parts including, chrome tanned russet horsehide, 100% cotton liner, 100% wool knits, genuine antique style horn buttons, and a late 1920's Hookless reproduction zipper.
Goldsmith A-2 Jacket