Tiffenden Triplanes Flying Jacket
This is actually an USAF A2 jacket that was bought on Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, around 1995. It had a P51 Squadron insignia on it. The jacket was new when bought and has lived in a cockpit ever since. It carries many scars including tears and holes made by a 6 moth old lion when on a trip to South Africa. The insignia was removed using acetone and this also removed the brown leather dye. The jacket was handed over to Jo of Aerograffiti, one of the leading custom airbrush artists in the UK and she hand-painted the 'Tiffenden Triplanes' logo on the back. This design also incorporates the logo for Tiffenden Airfield, the eagle of the Royal Naval Air Service, the motto of the Royal Flying Corps which became the Royal Air Force and the 2 Union flags that were often seen in the World War 1 recruitment posters. Below the picture of the finished jacket you can see the design references and stages to get to a finished artwork.
Picture above shows the finished hand painted Tiffenden Triplanes Jacket
The 2 jackets above are the Photoshop position tests to get the size of the artwork right. We went with the large one:-)