“Each vest is professionally handmade: the sleeves from our Cape Buffalo G-1 are removed along with the collar, which is then converted to a detachable collar. The conversion process takes about 14 days, so please take the additional time into consideration when placing your order.”
NOTE: The Flag patch is sewn on the vest after an order is placed. Please allow an additional 3 – 5 business days for shipping.
Custom Item: Once a flag is sewn on, it becomes a custom item and not returnable or exchangeable.
Our US Wings® Barnstormer Leather Vest is a descendant of the vests worn by the barnstorming stunt pilots of the 1920s and ’30s. Its inspiration came from a resourceful barnstormer who cut the worn-out sleeves off of his leather flight jacket and wound up with a sharp-looking (and practical) leather vest. The vest left the pilot’s arms unfettered and offered excellent protection from the elements when barnstorming in an open cockpit bi-plane during temperate fall, spring or summer days — while still providing the desired panache of a leather flight jacket.
Our version is considerably more refined than the improvised original and does not require the use of scissors. The vest is based on our Cape Buffalo G-1, minus the sleeves, and features two front button-flapped cargo pockets with side-entry handwarmers, a pleated bi-swing back for freedom of movement, a full front zipper over storm flap, a satin nylon lining with an inside pocket, and a knit waistband. To make this vest even more versatile, we’ve added a detachable vintage-style honey-colored sheep fur collar which can easily be put on or taken off depending on your mood or changing weather conditions. And because the vest is made from our antiqued Cape Buffalo leather, it has the luxury, style & durability to handle all of your aerial or terrestrial adventures.