What do our Military Leader say about The Life of a Warrior?

What do our Military Leaders say about The Life of a Warrior?    THE LIFE OF A WARRIORtells the story of a Vietnam Veteran’s Journey from humble beginnings in Sunfish, Kentucky to the role he now plays as Chief Executive Officer of US Wings.  Now in its 10th printing, The Life of a Warrior has been given free to over 100,000 people. Written with the intent of helping people, especially veterans who have many issues to overcome, The Life of a Warrior has helped many.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently thanked Sgt. Hack:
Reviews of this book which is based upon the life of SFC David D. Hack are coming in from around the world.  Over 100,000 copies of this book, now in its 9th printing have been given free.  This book is Sgt. Hack’s attempt to give back to his fellow veterans and help those who still have adversities in their lives.  Read some of most recent reviews:
Couldn’t put it down. Grew up an Army brat and many times I saw my Dad in the pages of this book. Sgt. Hack is a true man of character, loyalty and honor.

P.S. Loved the Hack mobile!

Eugene Fairchild
11/9/15

I found “the life of a warrior” to be inspiring. I was touched by the can do attitude Sgt. Hack has had in all his pursuits. His ability to see thru the ordinary and give it his own personal flair has served him well. From his time as a recruiter to business owner and everything in between Sgt. Hack has given it his all and made it his own. Sgt. Hack’s life should be an inspiration to us all. The life of a warrior reflects a life well lived.

James Fairchild

11/8/15

 

I really enjoyed your book ” The Life of a Warrior”. It documented your early life which provided your exceptional life experiences that gave you the strength to work through and survive the life of a warrior, and continue to survive today at what this life throws at us. I to am a Vietnam vet during “68 and 69” and believe the ups and downs during that period changed my life forever and am proud to have served.
Thanks

Rich Greene

11/7/15

 

Write your review of The Life of a Warrior and win a chance for a FREE A-2 Flight Jacket from US Wings.    Please include your impression, feelings and personal anecdotes.  Explain how the book may have affected or inspired you.  Your review will place you into a drawing for a FREE Leather Modern A-2 Flight Jacket.  One jacket will be given away the 15th of every Month until Christmas.  One jacket per customer and one entry per customer.  No purchase necessary.
You can read the book online for free by downloading the book in PDF format.

Why do we want your reviews?  Saylors  Brothers Entertainment is creating a feature film based on

“The Life of a Warrior” book and your reviews will be part of the film.  The Saylors Brothers also produced The Ballad of Sgt, Hack music video.  You want to be part of a Hollywood movie?  Here’s your chance, send us your review!

US Wings A-2’s & G-1’s honors America’s Greatest!

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US Wings A-2’s & G-1’s honors America’s Greatest pilots.  Hero’s who have protected our country from those who have tried to harm us.

The A2 Leather Flight Jacket, sometimes referred to as the A2 Bomber Jacket was adopted by the Army Air Corps as standard issue in 1931.  The A2 Leather Flight jacket was made famous by the U.S. Army Air Corp airmen of World War II.   The first A2’s were made of Horsehide, then Cowhide and then switched to Goatskin in 1943.  Fliers and crewmen adorned their jackets with squadron patches and often hand painted nose art replicating their aircraft. All  A2 Leather Flight jackets had several distinguishing characteristics: two  front snap patch pockets on either side without hand warmer compartments (hands in pockets were considered unfit for a military bearing), snap-down collar, shoulder straps, knit cuffs and waistband, a single piece of leather on the back to limit stress on the garment, and either lightweight silk or cotton inner lining. In 1943 the Army canceled any further leather jacket contracts in favor of newer cloth-shell jackets like the B-10 and B-15. The jackets continued to be popular with Aircrew members for the balance of the war continuing into the Korean War.

All contracts from 1988 to 1998 were awarded to Neil Cooper USA, now U.S. Wings of Ohio.  According to FLIGHT JACKETS – HELL BENT FOR LEATHER, authored by Derek Nelson and Dave Parsons, the Air Force opted for goatskin instead of the original horsehide because it is very strong but not stiff.  Cooper found that at 3.5 skins per jacket, there weren’t enough American goats available to make 53,000 jackets.  They had to import goat skins from Nigeria, Tasmania and Pakistan.

In 1996 Neil Cooper USA was awarded a contract from the Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia (DSCP), to redesign the A2 Leather Flight Jacket to be more functional and to improve the fit. Side entry pockets were added to the patch pockets and inside wallet pockets were added. The fit was enlarged by adding extra pieces under the arms and on the sides and eliminating the neck clasp.

The modern Air Force A-2 is authorized for wear by Air Force aircrews and space operations personnel who have completed their mission qualifications.

The G-1 Military Flight Jacket was originally called the M-422A and introduced by the U.S. Navy in the 1930’s.  In 1943, this jacket was named by the Navy and the Army Air Forces as the ANJ-3.  It officially became the G1 in 1947. The G1 as compared to the A2 leather flight jacket has a fur lined collar, Bi-Swing back & button down flap pockets on the front. Early jackets were constructed of Goatskin and had a real Mouton collar, subsequently some model issue jackets were constructed of cowhide and have synthetic collars. The G1 is issued to new U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine and U.S. Coast Guard flight crew personnel and remains a current-issue item in Naval Aviation for Officers and Enlisted aviation personnel on flying status.

In November 2003, AVG (American Volunteer Group), fighter ace, Dick Rossi, at the newly opened Flying Tigers Museum in Zhijiang China donated his G1 jacket, a reproduction of the jacket he wore as a member of the AVG.  This jacket was custom made for Dick Rossi by US WINGS, and is now on display at the museum.

In 2011, US Wings, developed a WINGS OF GOLD G1 leather military flight jacket to honor the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of Naval Aviation.  The Centennial of Naval Aviation WINGS OF GOLD G1 featured an embroidered Navy WINGS OF GOLD and the NAVAL FLYERS CREED honoring all Navy Flyers.  CEO David Hack presented the first WINGS OF GOLD silk lining to Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.   Arguably, the G1 is best known as the leather flight jacket worn by Tom Cruise in the film TOP GUN.

US Wings has a complete selection of those jackets our heroes wore.

US Wings Leather Mail Bag

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Leather Mail Bag

$435.00

Product Description

The Satchel & Page leather mail bag is the ultimate leather messenger bag! This high quality handmade carry-all is inspired by the US Postal Service mailbags from the early 20th century. The rustic brown leather, antiqued brass hardware and copper rivets gives this bag that desirable vintage appearance and its generous compartments are large enough to carry a 15″ laptop in style. The bag can be carried via its built-in handle or worn “messenger” style with the included leather shoulder strap. MADE IN THE USA

Leather Mail Bag Features:

  • 6-8 oz. full-grain vegetable tanned leather hot stuffed with a blend of oils and waxes for a unique, rugged look
  • Interior compartment for laptop, pockets for smartphone/MP3 player, pens, business cards, a key clip, and 2 side pockets
  • Quick carry top handle
  • Back pocket for tablet computer or magazines
  • Hand-hammered copper rivets and antique brass hardware
  • Stitched with heavy-duty polyester thread
  • Pleated leather front panel and riveted side panels
  • Adjustable leather shoulder strap that can adjust up to 55 inches
  • Dimensions: 12″ high, 16″ wide, 5″ deep
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Color: Rustic Brown

Check it out here!

Why does Sgt. Hack like the M-51 Field Jacket?

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Why does Sgt. Hack like the M-51 Field Jacket? Sgt. Hack was issued this type jacket upon his entrance into the United States Army.  Although first issued in 1951, the M-51 was supplied to our troops well into the Vietnam war.  This jacket superseded the M-43 which was used during World War II.  The M-51 has bi-swing pleats with a zipper and stud fastening.

Military Field Jackets were based upon a civilian jacket suggested by Maj. General James K. Parsons.  The Military Field Jackets were designed so that they could be worn with both winter and summer uniforms as well as fatigue uniforms.  The olive drab cotton field jacket known as the OD Jacket  was adopted in June 1940.  At the beginning of WWII this was the standard jacket for all Army personnel, except those that had specialist clothing or extreme climatic conditions.  This jacket proved to be an inadequate outer garment as its thin lining provided poor insulation during cold weather and little protection  from wet weather.  Additionally its light shade stood out making soldiers more visible.  Military Field Jackets continued to evolve and the OD Field Jacket was replaced by the M-1943.

The M-1943 was longer than the OD Field Jacket, with a darker OD 9 Cotton Satteen, detachable hood, drawstring waste, two large breast pockets, and loop fastening.  Issued up to the Korean War, is was further improved with the introduction of the M-51 in 1951.

In 1965, the M-65 was introduced and became the fourth version of Military Field Jackets.  It has a built in hood that rolled up & fits in a pouch on the back of the neck and has Velcro fasteners on the sleeve cuffs & collar. Introduced in olive green shade 107 it includes two large hip pockets & medium-sized breast pockets.  The M-65 was widely used during the Vietnam war.

With his choice of any jacket in his collection at US Wings, Sgt. Hack feels most comfortable and secure in his first choice, the M-51.

Does Sgt. Hack’s US Wings repair Indy Jackets?

Does Sgt. Hack’s US Wings repair Indy Jackets?   US Wings is world wide renown for their leather jacket repair.  US Wings has the capability to replace linings, snaps, and zippers as now can repair Indy jackets.  Neil Cooper, now US Wings, originally conceived the first pattern for the INDIANA JONES movies by combining features of the Air Force A2 and the Navy G1.  Eliminating the cuffs and waist band from the A2 and then adding the Bi-Swing back, small side gaps & side adjustment straps with rectangular sliders, the Indiana Jones jacket was born.  There have been multiple jacket manufacturers who have contributed to the four INDIANA JONES movies but it has been verified that the pedigree originated with Neil Cooper and He in fact supplied 8 jackets for the TEMPLE OF DOOM.

Established in 1986, US Wings is a veteran-owned business and is an authorized repair facility for both the US Military and the general public.

Our turnaround time for repairs is 3-4 weeks and 4-5 weeks for linings.

Note:  It does not have to be a US Wings Jacket, as we repair any leather jacket no matter who made it!

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Professional Leather Jacket Repair Service Options:

  • Cuff Replacement – $60: Colors: Dark Brown, Medium Brown, & Black
  • Waistband Replacement – $60: Colors: Dark Brown, Medium Brown, & Black
  • Zipper Replacement – $60: Colors: Dark Brown & Black; Style: A-2 & G-1
  • G-1 Collar Replacement – $90: Color: Dark Brown
  • Lining Replacement – $90: Standard Brown/Black Lining (Note: if your jacket does not have an existing lining, there will be an additional $50 charge for adding a jacket lining)
  • Escape Map Lining Replacement – $110: Colors: Egg Shell (as seen in Avirex jackets) and Gold
  • No Lining Charge – $50 (Charged if your jacket DOES NOT have a lining)
  • Patches – $10 per patch: Please take a photo/draw a diagram of where you would like them sewn.
  • Centennial/Navy Flyer’s Creed – $69.95 (Note: Only adding this item to existing lining. If you need the lining replaced, also select Lining Replacement. Banner: approx. 17.75″ x 13″)
  • Shorten Sleeves – $70.00 (Final Sale – Please indicate, with white chalk, the desired length to be shortened.)
*Any special requests may result in additional cost. Please contact our Customer Service at (800)650-0659 for questions.

Please download our Leather Jacket Repair form and send it in with your order.
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Repair or Replace your Leather Jacket with US Wings.

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US Wings and the U2 Spy-plane

Several years ago, our friend, a Lt. Colonel  in the Air Force sent us pictures of his U2 flying over the Mideast. Prominently featured in the cockpit is the US Wings logo.

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The U2 was originally conceived by the CIA.  In 1956, the Air Force was so enamored by the U2 that it bought 31 aircraft from the CIA.

The design that gives the U-2 its remarkable performance also makes it a difficult aircraft to fly. It was designed and manufactured for minimum airframe weight, which results in an aircraft with little margin for error.   High aspect ratio wings give the U-2 some glider-like characteristics.   Most of thee time on a typical mission the U-2 was flying less than five knots above stall speed. A stall would cause a loss of altitude, possibly leading to detection and overstress of the airframe.

The U-2’s flight controls are designed for high-altitude flight requiring light control inputs at operational altitude. However, at lower altitudes, the higher air density and lack of a power assisted control system makes the aircraft very difficult to fly. Control inputs must be extreme to achieve the desired response, and a great deal of physical strength is needed to operate the controls in this manner. The U-2 is very sensitive to crosswinds, which, together with its tendency to float over the runway, makes the aircraft notoriously difficult to land. As it approaches the runway, the cushion of air provided by the high-lift wings in ground effect is so pronounced that the U-2 will not land unless the wing is fully stalled. A landing U-2 is accompanied on the ground by a chase car and an assisting U-2 pilot calling off the angles and decreasing aircraft height as the aircraft descends. Chase cars have included Ford Mustangs, Camaro’s GTO’s and Dodge Chargers.

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TOP OF THE WORLD 5 We were honored to have the Colonel visit us at US Wings in Hudson Ohio.

People are talking about Sgt. Hack’s US Wings Bomber Jackets


What are people saying about Sgt. Hack’s US Wings Bomber Jackets?

These are recent reviews sent to us from very satisfied customers:


I love jackets, particularly the military types. The A2 Leather Bomber Jackets have always been my favourite, but has never made an effort to acquire one until recently. While browsing thro’ Youtube I stumbled across Craig Shipp’s video titled 5 Best Bomber Jackets. Two of them are Indiana made by Wested in the UK and A2-Bomber by US Wings. That’s when I got the name of your company. When I saw the price for A2 modern was reduced from $345 to $195 I immediately grabbed the opportunity. I ordered one, but haven’t received yet; hopefully it will turn up any day this week.

I love the Indy-style jacket too. The jackets look good on Harrison Ford. The style fits the environment in the movie very well. Actually I had one tailored made by a Pakistani maker recently. It is cheap and not bad quality for the price I pay. However it is not comfortable to wear. The sleeves are very tight and the lining along the sleeves are a bit prickly. Also the pockets are too small, I have a difficulty putting my hands in.

I didn’t realise that the first Indy Jacket was derived from Bomber jacket by Neil Cooper. I have been under the impression that they are all originally designed by Wested until I read your article. Seeing that US Wings makes their Indy jackets using Neil’s original pattern, I am very interested in it.

I will therefore try my luck in the monthly draw. I’ll keep my fingers cross! 
John Sudjana
10/25/15



First, it is the quality of all your products. They are of heirloom construction. Their will always be a family member hoping to acquire this jacket.
Personally I retired from law enforcement after 30 years and from the Mn Air Mational guard after 20 years. This jacket speaks to who I am and how I dress.
 
Nick Wasylyk
10/24/15


This review is for the B-17 A-2. Got this last year and had it painted with the 11th Bombardment Group (H) emblem in honor of my father who was co-founder of the group, a Pearl Harbir survivor and a POW from being shot down over Ploesti Romania. It’s a GREAT goatskin jacket. Substantial weight for cold weather layering yet light enough for COOL weather. I doubt it will ever wear out due to the quality of the leather and construction. It was my second A-2 from U S Wings, where I would ALWAYS purchase my jackets. FIVE STAR rating, great customer service and QUICK shipping. THANKS US WINGS!! 
Leonard Jenkins
10/23/15

Consumers Love Sgt. Hack’s US Wings Indy Jackets

Consumers love Sgt. Hack’s  US Wings Indy Jackets:

I love the Indiana Jones movies because of the strong American values they represent. Indy is adventurous, courageous, chivalrous, and intelligent. These are a few of the qualities that has made America the great nation that it is.The Indiana Jones movies have inspired our children to be brave adventurers and enjoy learning.

When they were younger, we bought our two children the Indy style jackets from U.S. Wings. We LOVE them! We hid the jackets and designed a treasure map that the children followed to find clues that eventually led to the ultimate treasure, the Indy jackets. Along the way they discovered an Indy fedora that we also got from U.S. Wings, a whip, and a satchel. Needless to say, this was the first of many adventures that our boys enjoyed in their jackets. Sadly, they have outgrown the jackets now and we are considering buying them new jackets that will fit them at this stage in their life.

I am proud to say that the Indy jackets we bought from U.S. Wings were of excellent quality and looked exactly like the one worn by Indiana Jones in the movies. We thoroughly enjoyed our shopping experience with U.S. Wings and we look forward to purchasing from you again in the future.
Kane Wyatt
10/21/15


US Wings is THE company to turn to for the classic Indianna Jones leather jacket! The quality- the style – the fit- are unmatched. Look no more they are right here.
Dennis Calvert
10/19/15

How can You Win a Free U.S. Wings Indy Style Jacket?

First of all you must understand the history of U.S. Wings and the development of the Indy Style jacket.  The Indy jacket is known far and wide and was an integral and significant part of the makeup of the INDIANA JONES character.  Whether dashing through the jungle or racing across the desert, the jacket protected Indy from all the elements.
Neil Cooper a former partner of U.S. Wings originally conceived the first pattern for the INDIANA JONES  by combining features of the Air Force A2 and the Navy G1.  Eliminating the cuffs and waist band from the A2 and then adding the Bi-Swing back, small side gaps & side adjustment straps with rectangular sliders, the Indy jacket was born. There have been multiple jacket manufacturers who have contributed to the four INDIANA JONES movies but it has been verified that the pedigree originated with Neil Cooper and He in fact supplied 8 jackets for the TEMPLE OF DOOM.
U.S. Wings has the worlds largest selection of Indy Style Jackets available in Texas Steerhide, Antique Lambskin, Cowhide, Bison, Kangaroo and Striated Lambskin leathers.

What are People saying about Sgt. Hack’s Leather Repair Service?

Sgt. Hack’s US Wings has been sought out by families across the United States to repair their treasured family heirlooms.  We can repair Historic Leather Jackets with a new zipper, lining, cuff & waistband and more.  Many different manufactured brands of Historic Leather Jackets have been repaired and brought happiness to those relatives honoring the memory of their loved one.
Here is a customer’s review:

I wanted to let you know how happy I am with your repair of my leather jacket. The jacket was made for me during a tour in Korea 30 years ago and I was never totally happy with it. A bit large, the wool lining itched and then finally the zipper failed. No one in my home town had the skills to repair it. Having dealt with US Wings before, I went to your web site and found instructions for shipping to you. A brief note was all you needed. When I got it back home today, I found you had gone beyond my greatest expectations. The lining you supplied was perfect and got rid of the itching problem. The new zipper is built like a truck. What I did not expect was the additional work you did repairing loose seams with new, stronger stitches. It looks like a million bucks. Thank you for exceeding expectations once again.
Rick
Kontum 1968
 
10/14/2015

Why Replace when We can Repair your favorite leather jacket?   US Wings offers worldwide Professional Leather Jacket Repair services.  Tune-up your old favorite with a new zipper, lining, cuff & waistband and more.  We repair all brands and types of leather jackets, including motorcycle jackets and not just our own.

Professional Leather Jacket Repair Service Options:

ONLY AUTHENTIC FACTORY REPLACEMENT COMPONENTS USED.
  • Cuff Replacement – $60: Colors: Dark Brown, Medium Brown, & Black
  • Waistband Replacement – $60: Colors: Dark Brown, Medium Brown, & Black
  • Zipper Replacement – $60: Colors: Dark Brown & Black; Style: A-2 & G-1
  • G-1 Collar Replacement – $90: Color: Dark Brown
  • Lining Replacement – $90: Standard Brown/Black Lining (Note: if your jacket does not have an existing lining, there will be an additional $50 charge for adding a jacket lining)
  • Escape Map Lining Replacement – $110: Colors: Egg Shell (as seen in Avirex jackets) and Gold
  • No Lining Charge – $50 (Charged if your jacket DOES NOT have a lining)
  • Patches – $10 per patch: Please take a photo/draw a diagram of where you would like them sewn.
  • Navy Flyer’s Creed – $69.95 (Note: Only adding this item to existing lining. If you need the lining replaced, also select Lining Replacement. Banner: approx. 17.75″ x 13″)
  • Shorten Sleeves – $70.00 (Final Sale – Please indicate, with white chalk, the desired length to be shortened.)
*Any special requests may result in additional cost. Please contact our Customer Service at (800)650-0659 for questions.
Our turnaround time for repairs is 3-4 weeks, and 4-5 weeks for linings.
Established in 1986 by SFC David Hack, USA (Ret), US Wings is a veteran-owned business and is an authorized repair facility for both the US Military and the general public.
Our turnaround time for repairs is 3-4 weeks and 4-5 weeks for linings.

 

Sgt. Hack and the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration

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Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration
at the Piston Powered Autorama in Cleveland OH. 

The I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama will celebrate the 50th Annual show in Cleveland OH at the I-X Center on March 18 – 20, 2016 and will team with the Medina VFW 5137, local Veteran Organizations and three Chapters of Rolling Thunder to create a program that will comport with the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. US Wings has donated 10,000 copies of The Life Of A Warrior* (an inspiring book based on the life of US Wings CEO SFC David Hack) to the event, which will be distributed free to attendees. US Wings is proud to be an Official Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration.

The commemorative programs will include activities and ceremonies to achieve the following objectives:

  • To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war, or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
  • To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.
  • To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
  • To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
  • To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.

For more information and for ticket pricing, please call 216-265-7223 (RACE) or visit www.ixpistonpoweredautorama.com.

*The Life Of A Warrior has received glowing reviews; check ’em out here!

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