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I've gotten two issue jackets. The first one (coming up on 3 decades old) was ok but seemed more like plastic. After a few brews at the Falcon Bar (when the falcon was still alive) and feeling like a rich Lt I decided to fork over the $70 so I'd have two jackets. My 1991 Pops original is by far the best. Not sure what they cost now, but I'm sure it's worth it. The second issued jacket (maybe 10 years old) is a little better and had the mods previously only available at Pops but still no comparison.

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19 hours ago, attakmint said:

You got to pick?  We passed our sizes along to that one civilian who runs the squadron and she ordered them for us...

Sounds like Pops is the winner.  Glad to be rid of that terrible pleather smell too.

The first one, no.  The second one I got a letter from my RA and went to base supply and chose it myself. 

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I was looking at the Pops, as a AFSOC guy rocking OCPs most the time I found a guy on eBay that is selling the Cockpit USA jackets they were issuing before these new red ish shit things they have now. Has all the gov tags and such. I think it was $200, been wearing it all winter on TDY, I have had no issues. The Pops jackets are much nicer but I didn't want to spend $400 for something I wear a couple times a year. 

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Speaking of Pops , what is the current status of The Alley and getting to Pops' store? The store was awesome and had plenty of leather goods. Also bought one of their leather barn jackets.


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47 minutes ago, herkbum said:

Speaking of Pops , what is the current status of The Alley and getting to Pops' store? The store was awesome and had plenty of leather goods. Also bought one of their leather barn jackets.


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Last I heard, no one is allowed off base so Pops opened a store on base. Can't have any of their knock off stuff on base though.

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Last I heard, no one is allowed off base so Pops opened a store on base. Can't have any of their knock off stuff on base though.


The on base store is legit. Plenty of jackets and other items.

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Last I heard, no one is allowed off base so Pops opened a store on base. Can't have any of their knock off stuff on base though.

Fact. Store is shared with the rug guy and a couple other alley vendors in a space right next to the commissary.

Also of note, there is a new joint that is best described as Turkish Chipotle right next to the base gate. Called Iza grill, highly recommended.


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Fact. Store is shared with the rug guy and a couple other alley vendors in a space right next to the commissary.

Also of note, there is a new joint that is best described as Turkish Chipotle right next to the base gate. Called Iza grill, highly recommended.


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Attached restaurant is good as well but I digress. Pop's on base is awesome, he'll still custom make jackets including pin up girls or whatever logo you can email him. Highly recommended.


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See Safak at Pop's. I've been a customer since 1988 and still have the custom jacket he made me in great condition. PM him through the website for better results and shipping stateside. 

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What have you guys done or plan to do with your jackets once out of the Air Force? Donate, sell, keep and wear it?

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Good question.  Hmmm...

I got mine years ago... sent it to Turkey with an MC-130 friend, who got the usual mods done... and have never worn it one day the entire time I've had it.  

I'll keep it, though.  Maybe I'll get a custom paint job on the back, and start wearing it when I fly WWII taildraggers.  

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I've got a nice Dark Horse leather jacket, but since I probably won't wear it anymore after I get out, I was thinking I would go full Navy-style and take all my different patches from all my flying tours (all my old nametags, wing/sq/deployment/tdy patches, airframe, flying hours, etc) and put them all over it, so that jacket shows my entire flying career. I figure it's a better way than a shadow container to keep/show off the stuff that really matters to me. And you never know, maybe when I'm old and crusty I'll wear it to airshows or hobbling around the BX mall with my retiree hat...

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Coolest thing I've seen was a dude give his to his son on retirement.  His wife and daughter got the standard flowers and gifts. He said "I don't have flowers for you. But I do have this."  Assuming kids are part of the equation of course. 

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All great ideas.

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Order a leather nametag with just a set of wings. Remove the Command patch and put your favorite squadron patch on. Wear. Leaving it hanging in the closet seemed like such a waste. 

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I was thinking of doing that, but instead adding velcro on the sleeves to basically do the same config as a green bag.  Along with my fur collar and such.

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On 11/10/2017 at 9:40 AM, TreeA10 said:

Order a leather nametag with just a set of wings. Remove the Command patch and put your favorite squadron patch on. Wear. Leaving it hanging in the closet seemed like such a waste. 

Wear it to pancake fly-in's, OSH and such in post mil GA life flying RVs, -172s, etc

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