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    Fantastic Identified Painted A-2 Flight Jacket and Flight Gear. This spectacular painted A-2 jacket and related gear is attributed to Colonel Douglas D. Stewart. The jacket features a chenille patch of the 440th Air Base Training Unit, Santa Maria Army Air Field Training Squadron above the left breast pocket. The back of the jacket has a skillfully executed painting of a diving P-38 Lightning, guns blazing, with a lightning bolt in the background. The jacket is in excellent condition, still pliable, and with only modest scuffing to the surface. The jersey cuffs and waistband have been replaced at some point, as has the lining. However, a portion of the new lining has been cut away to reveal a section of the old lining which the squadron patch is still sewn to. The Talon marked zipper still functions smoothly, and all snaps and hooks are present and functioning. Also included are A-9 and AN-H-15 summer weight helmets in unused condition; a pair of moderately worn Type A-6A pilot's fleece-lined winter flight shoes; a pair of fleece-lined flight gloves, and a pair of Type A-11A lined intermediate flight trousers in unused condition. Santa Maria Army Air Field was home to the IV Fighter Command, responsible for final training of P-38 pilots. These pilots received final training on combat maneuvers prior to shipment to various overseas theaters of operation.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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