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type b15 jacket orignial ?

Article about: I have spent a lot of time to figure out of this is original ww2 issued or not. I don't know if it's a civilian made one or what, can anyone please help me think. I paid 40 bucks for it so h

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    I have spent a lot of time to figure out of this is original ww2 issued or not. I don't know if it's a civilian made one or what, can anyone please help me think. I paid 40 bucks for it so hopefully I didn't rip my self off Click image for larger version. 

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    For the price you cannot go wrong.

    It is almost 30 years since I collected US kit. Back then copies were not made.

    The material and zip look correct to me.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Thanks for the response. I'm starting to feel a little better now

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    I'm not positive of this being a military issue B-15. Generally the tag should also say "U.S. Army Air Forces" or another iteration at the bottom and often with the manufacturer name. The lining also doesn't look correct for a flight jacket.

    I know that almost immediately post-war these were produced for the civilian market. These did not include the AAF decal on the left sleeve, where yours does have it (although it seems a bit more worn than the rest of the jacket). Also, the Talon zipper is usually a good sign for the period.

    I'm curious to see what others may think.

    Can you take a full on picture of the reverse?

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    Yes, later today I can. From what I have seen on the Internet it doesn't share the same liner or tag but it has the look. Crappy photos but later today I'll take one

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    Shouldn't the decal be more like this (this is from a summer flight suit). Or maybe there were variations. I'm not well verses in this so just showing as point of reference. I've also added a makers label for reference as well (once again, from a summer flight suit)

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    what im wondering should it have a contract number on it

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    I'm liking it, I don't have one myself but I do have a bunch of USAAF kit and for me I'm thinking it's post war (green buttons) do the zips have "made in USA"? - good sign for WW2
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    Here is a picture of the QM specs for the B-15. I had asked about the reverse because there should be two seams, about 6 inches in length, near the shoulder blades.

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