This is a blog is about the replica WWII era caps and other flight gear I have made.

Flying caps are a fascinating part of WWII flying gear. Like the A-2 jacket, they are still functional and stylish today. I hope to include a smattering of info about the original caps from which my caps are modeled.

The patterns I use are taken primarily from originals in my collection. One of the biggest challenges is to find materials in the correct weave, weight, and color. More often than not I have to dye the fabrics.

All cap materials are hand dyed, hand cut, and hand assembled. Starting with nothing and having something I can wear is all part of the enjoyment. It can be very time consuming but there is a sense of pride that comes with it. I wear one of my caps almost daily.

With each cap I make, quality improves and ideas for other caps come. Blemishes and all, I think they can be pretty convincing.

This is not a business nor an "Items For Sale" site. There is no way to recoup the time spent on these projects. Nonetheless, you might find an item offered for sale here and there. I can only hoard so many!

Friday, May 4, 2012

WWII Squadron Cap

This is a cap based on a WWII squadron cap. Though unofficial, they were quite popular especially with U.S. Navy fighter pilots in the Pacific theater. These were primarily private purchase caps. I have read that there were issued caps seen in late war catalogs and have even seen a few with Navy labels. I am still not convinced that these were available through channels during the war. In the Korean Conflict, ball caps became quite commonplace with both fighter and bomber crews. Here are two I made:

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