This Antique Aviators Vintage
are to be on Sale on ebay in ?,
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Don't miss this chance to see the
Historic Coveralls for sale. You can own them for your collection.
Contact Diane here
Label, Feb 21 1918 Order 72412 Aero, by Gordon &
Ferguson St. Paul Minnesota
Full View of the Gordon and Ferguson Aero Vintage Flight Suit Showing Fur
Yes, they have value. The US Army Aviation Museum at
Fort Rucker is interested in them. I think the fur is
supposed to be Chinese Nuchwang dog. By 1918, some 50000
fur-lined flying suits were produced. Steve should be able to
help you. Sincerely, Luther QM Museum
I just got off the
phone with this person and he said the coveralls could be worth
up to 800. but couldn't put a value on them due to where he
works, but it's getting more interesting. Diane.
Webmaster, Now I'm finding that the top value of this Flying
Suit has been steadily going up. The last evaluation has
been 3000. My guess, with all of the information that we
have collected on this flying suit history, is that it will go
up much higher. Jeff Dyrek
The Gordon & Ferguson ranked as one of the
best known fur manufacturers in St. Paul Minnesota. Their
furs were very good furs and were sold and worn throughout the
northwest, eastward, and throughout aviation community.
They were a large manufacturer of men's fur coats, caps, gloves
and as makers of ladies' furs. The fur vintage flight suit shown
here are the Aero version manufactured in 1918.
Their business was established by Richard Gordon
on April 1st, 1817 at 132 Third Street and they had a steady
growth rate to date. Paul R. Ferguson entered into the
partnership in July of 1873.
Gordon & Ferguson flight suits were worn by famous aviators like
Admiral Richard E. Byrd on his first
expedition to Antarctica in 1928. Their fur lined
flight suits were also manufactured for light apparel for open
cockpit biplanes and was selected by Minnesota native Charles
Lindbergh which he wore when flying "The Spirit of St. Louis" on
the first solo non-stop flight from the United States to Paris.
His suit was proudly bearing the Gordon & Ferguson Label.
Moving on into World War 2, dozens of
companies used to make jackets for the Air Force and Navy,
including companies such as Aero Leather, Air Comfort, Cagleco
Sportswear, Edmund Church, Osterman, Perry Sportswear and Rough
Wear Clothing. The Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics news Letter for
April 1st 1941 list contracts to Gordon & Ferguson Company, St.
Paul, Minnesota for "flight jackets, Aviators', Leather,
intermediate," and also Wills & Geiger of New York City.
After the war there was a big market in
Japan for flight jackets worn by American pilots in World War 2.
These were worth a lot more if it was worn in combat. If
it had good markings on it such as squadron insignia,
go for as much a 3000 USD.
Famous pilots like retired Air Force
General, Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the
Superfortress, Enola Gay, used one of
these flight jackets, but not on day of the dropping of the Atomic
The entire story of the Gordon & Ferguson company
can be found at this link about the Gordon & Furguson company, a
The vintage flight suit shown in this picture was very
common for pilots in the open cockpit biplanes and it has a very
high value in both and it's historic value. It was a
super find and is available today.
A JN4 Jenny open cockpit biplane which the pilot wore flight
Gordon & Ferguson Aero type.
See C. Jeff
Dyrek's YouTube Videos
Read C. Jeff
Another View of the Gordon &
Ferguson Vintage Pilots Flight Suite from 1918
A Close-up View of the WW1 Flight
by Gordon & Ferguson
photo of the sleeve showing the only wear on this very
preserved vintage flight suit
Inside the Pants Led of the Gordon & Ferguson
Aero Flight Suit
Wow! You have a
really nice piece of history there. These aviator coveralls
were used in WWI, so they are rare since aviation was new at
that time. Also, not many survived! I would think they would
bring at least 400-600 at auction. The value would be
higher if the pilot was identified, and if there were signs
of combat on the piece.
Thank you for contacting us.Andrea
Research and Appraisals
about the Chinese Nuchwang Dog
500,000 dog pelts were bought by the American Air
Service before the Armistice of WW1
With aircraft soon reaching altitudes of 18,000 feet, only
twelve years after the Wright Brothers made their first
flight, pilots were experiencing frostbite. Better flight
suits were being sought after and developed.
WW1 Production required the purchase of 450,000
Nuchwang Dog Skins from China. In addition
it required the planting of 100,000 acres of castor beans for
the high performance oil and assigning more than 27,000 men to
work in the forest to supply the spruce required for aircraft
The lust for power of William Hohenzollern
brought the slaughter of half a million Nuchwang Dogs in far off
China. The size of the American Air Service
clothing problem involved cost was around 5,000,000. Of
this were 50,000 fur lined suits costing 36.25.
After the furs of many animals were tested, the
Chinese Nuchwang Dog met the requirements of warmth, bulk and
. We were making so many of these
suits that we required all of the dog skins we could get, not
only in this country, but in China.
Now in 2005 Animal Rights Groups have called for
an embargo on fur produced on the mainland of China. Full
report by Dennis Chong talks about fur production in China
coming from animals being skinned alive. Whether the
Nuchwang Dog furs were gathered in this way is yet to be known.
The B1 is very scarce and was called the Monkey Suit.
These suits were made of Chinese Nuchwang Dog Furs and were used
until about 1931. Pictures of the suit are on this link.
Aviators Flight Suits made of Chinese Nuchwang Dog Fur are
getting increasingly difficult to find, especially with the fur
intact. The interior of the suite is
completely lined from head to toe with Nuchwang Dog Fur. Many
pictures of various models of this suit are shown on this link.
Through these flightsuits were wire cables
terminating in snap fasteners which were electrical heating
units. These snaps were also connected to
gloves and helmets to keep the pilots warm at high altitudes.
Electrically heated flying suits were introduced
in 1918. Before that, coverall flying suits
kept the pilots warm by using additional clothing underneath.
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