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Art & Inspiration The Bomber Jacket

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Hemiman 426
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    Just had to add this.. My dad's favorite pilot, James L "Two Gun" Brown. Jim received that nickname from wearing 2 colt45's!. The back of his jacket reads "The Sting of Death" referring to the B-25 that he flew as Co-pilot- When the Group converted to A-20's , he named his plane for his brother who was KIA at Anzio.. In the 8th Sqdn, usually a plane was assigned with a letter for the rudder, the first letter of the guys last name. Well, that was taken, so Jim requested the question mark.. Jim went west 2 years ago.. Sure do miss him!



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  2. Gigantor
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    These are fantastic! I LOVE the Tantalizing Takeoff one. Is it just me or is the 8th squadron in the back and the arrangement of the bombs forming a V indicative of another famous symbol we all know and love?
     
  3. 327-365hp
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    Tantalizing Takeoff is my favorite also. Great graphic, it's got it all! The typeface, the babe, the wings. Outstanding!

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    Thanks for sharing that link Ryan!
     
  4. autobilly
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    Cool observation Gigantor, I missed it first time.
     
  5. BAD PENNY
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  6. My Favorite.
     

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  7. MUNDSTER
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    I have a booklet on VMFA-321, The Hells Angels. A Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadron, that went from WWII through Viet Nam. It is interesting to see how the insignia evolved and why. I wish I knew how to post it.
     
  8. Gaters
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    Great! Love this era and been thinking of a cool design for a Bomber Jacket to commemorate the original owner (my 2nd cousin) of my roadster. Just need the doe. I think I'd have CheaterRome do the work. Seen his stuff in another thread along time ago.http://www.picturetrail.com/jrome
     
  9. Triggerman
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    Not much here that hasn't already been written. Personally, seeing the jackets reminds me of the nose art which I really like. I am most impressed with the amount of bomb runs that are shown on the jackets. 30 or more runs is a lot of time staring death in the face. I knew a couple WWII aviators before their final roll calls and feel lucky to have met them. Truly the greatest generation. Thanks Ryan.
     
  10. DaveyJonez
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    WOW!!!

    Thanks!
     
  11. 4psi
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    To cool!!

    Those jackets are awesome. The sad thing is I couldn't even wear one of those jackets inside my hangar at work. Trust me I know (funny story). Those would be considered sexist by todays standards. I get to see plenty of great nose art. Some art is saved, most are not.
     
  12. hotrd32
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    mine............

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  13. Harms Way
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    OK here's a question for you,....

    What kind of paint did they use on the originals?,.. Do they use the same type of paint on the reproductions today ?
     
  14. 31fordV860
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    I changed my avatar when i saw these on flickr a couple of days ago..and was thinking the same thing, a bit OT but very cool...
     
  15. 64 DODGE 440
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    If you are looking to have a jacket done with this kind of stuff, I know these folks from back in my aviation days and they do nice work. http://www.victorygirl.com/
     
  16. goetzcr
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    Not much to add. Great artwork. Not only are these guys heros with balls o' steel, many of them had SWAGGER, too.
     
  17. Westco48
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    I'm curious why some had the swastika on the jackets.
     
  18. Very cool! I love stuff like this. :) I still have my Dads jacket (he was part of a PBY crew in AK) I have his leather helmet also. no cool artwork but it's real USN issue. I used to wear it riding my HD back in the day but it started to fall apart so it got put away.
     
  19. # of kills. If you were a gunner you didn't have your own plane so you kept score on your jacket.
     
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    "Build To Order [Bombs] of [the] European Theater [of] Operations"
     
  21. 4psi
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    BTO = Big Time Operator.
     
  22. Lucky77
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    This thread made my week, awesome.
     
  23. I knew you would dig on those, Ryan and glad it made it into a post - the photos are just amazing, love how they shot them out in front of the planes. "Salvo Sadie" was my fave, obviously...
     
  24. 66Coronet440
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    Great write-up and the images are cool as hell. We owe those guys a big debt of gratitude. Thanks for posting them up.
     
  25. Django
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    I've been wanting to do a jacket with the art from the B-24 or the C-47 that I painted for the longest time. I just can't seem to find the time. I think after I do the P-51 next month though, that one will be the one that finally will end up on my jacket.

    Check out Art of the Flight Jacket too. It's a great book with vintage photos like these and color photos of surviving jackets.

    http://www.amazon.com/Art-Flight-Ja...7943/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326213108&sr=8-1

    Years ago before I got hooked up with painting aircraft nose art, I designed this art and Dan Barnett painted it for me. I wear it all the time.

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  26. Gaters
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    Yeah! I dig your jacket. I need one like this for my roadster. Shoot I need one to wear all the time too!


     
  27. Hemiman 426
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    Here's a poor pic of my A-2.. The Gunners patch was my dads, and the 8th Sqdn patch came from one of their Reunions. What I like best is whats on the inside. At the last "Official" Reunion, I had the Vets sign it for me.

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  28. 62rebel
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    i'd write it in my will that i'd be buried in a jacket like that if i had one.

    i used to love to watch WW2 documentaries, etc.... but it hit me once that every time they showed a bomber going down, as many as ten guys were dying. they paid a hell of a price to keep us safe and didn't flinch.
     
  29. Wesley
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    We have my father-in-law's bomber jacket. Clarke was a B-17 pilot that flew 37 mission and never lost a man
     

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  30. falconsprint63
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    I've always loved nose art. Looked for years before I finally found this photo of the art on my great uncle's plane earlier this year. Plane went down with another flight crew on it. granddad's didn't have a name. have friend in his late 80's was a nose art painter. he still paints daily and teaches classes.

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