We all know the MA-1 and the L-23, but there’s a lesser-known nylon flight jacket on the menu today. The Real McCoy’s has reproduced the G-8 (WEP), a flight jacket issued to fighter pilots of the USN and USMC fighter pilots from the ’50s through to the ’70s. Intended to be worn under exposure suits, the G-8 (WEP)’s lightweight nylon construction saw it become a casual piece for off-duty pilots.
Famous for their 1-1 workwear, military, and American pop culture reproductions, The Real McCoy’s leaves no stone unturned with its military repros and the ‘MJ22009’ jacket looks like a deadstock G-8 found in the thrift of dreams. This Japan-made jacket features a nylon shell with cotton twill and nylon pile linings to keep you well insulated but comfortable. Wool ribbed cuffs, neck, and an elastic hem keep things tight where they’re supposed to be, on a silhouette that doesn’t scream ‘service wear’ but provides the perfect amount of timeless, casual militaria style.
The MJ22009 is finished off with a period repro Conmar zipper, inner tag, and chin strap, but the real eye-catcher here is the pockets. In addition to a flapped pocket on the left arm, 2 oversized m-65-esque pockets on the chest set this apart from other flight jackets of the era whilst making it super functional.
Available for ~$725 from Lost & Found