The G-1 is an official Navy uniform item, but Naval Aviators can’t resist wearing it with their civilian clothes. Civilians love the jacket too.
Every Navy combat ace has worn the famous G-1 jacket or one of its ancestors, the M-422 or AN-J-3a. Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare became the Navy’s first ace and won the Congressional Medal of Honor when he shot down five enemy planes in one flight. Marine Lt. John Bolt became an ace with VMF-214 when he shot down six Japanese planes over the Solomons and six more Soviet MiGs in Korea.
The G-1 is an official Navy uniform item, but Naval Aviators can’t resist wearing it with their civilian clothes. Civilians love the jacket too, and for them we’ve added welt hand-warmer pockets right behind the Military Specification button-down pockets. Now our Civil G-1 is as perfect as a flight jacket can be.
Gibson & Barnes makes its Civil G-1 from the same grade-A, lightly pigmented goatskins as the Navy G-1. We use the same genuine mouton collar, the same rib-knit cuffs and waistband, the same heavy brass zipper and the same comfortable lining. The Civil G-1 has a bi-swing action back in both the leather and lining to give you complete lateral movement and a double gusset under each arm for greater vertical reach. Button pockets provide a lot of room for your gear while the welt pockets keep your hands warm. The inside map pocket is a secure place for your charts and gear. There’s even a welted pencil slot under the left pocket flap. A leather storm flap under the zipper keeps out the wind. In addition, we’ve punched it with the same “USN” as the Navy G-1. You can even turn up the mouton collar and button the throat latch to keep out the cold.