Playboy Enterprises collaborated with Alpha Industries to design an exclusive Vandy-1 Flight Jacket. Each patch was uniquely designed with the purpose of sharing the story of Playboy's longstanding kinship with military units. These Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons (VX-4, VX-5 and VX-9) featured our iconic Rabbit Head logo on the tail of their jets, including the all-black F-4 Phantom II in 1969, often referred to as “Black Bunny” and/or “Vandy-1.”
Playboy will donate a portion of proceeds sale to Warrior Flight Team - a non–profit organization made up of volunteers working hard to create opportunities for wounded soldiers. Their five-part program focuses on scholarships, career training, mentoring, and job placement. The Warrior Aviation Air Show Team performs at air shows as part of their public awareness campaigns. They currently fly an L-39 called the "Vandy-1" which has the Playboy Rabbit Head logo on the tail of its jet.
Vandy-1 Flight Jacket Design Elements:
Two of the patches are the same and feature the Vandy-1 tactical call sign and 9 stars to represent the VX-9 squadron. The slightly distorted Rabbit Head logo in the center pays homage to the painted version found on the tails of the jet.
The third Vandy-1 patch, found on the right sleeve, features the F-14 Tom Cat which was the last jet to adorn the Rabbit Head logo before being retired in 2006. It is a testament to the VX Squadrons and the legacy that Warrior Flight Team continues to celebrate.
The Alpha Patch designed specifically for this jacket features 5 stars on the left and 9 stars on the right. This represents the year 1959 in which Alpha Industries was founded. It sits on the right chest next to the Rabbit/Vandy-1 patch to represent our collaboration and the shared gratitude we have for the warriors who protect us.
The name plate, found over the heart, features a winged Rabbit Head logo and Playboy’s iconic typeface.The American Flag Patch sits proudly on the left shoulder. The pull tag “Fear The Bunny” was a motto amongst squadron members as these jets were commonly referred to “Black Bunny” and/or “Vandy-1.” The origin of red “Remove Before Flight” serves as reminders to crew chiefs and ground personal in prepping the jet for flight. All tags had to be removed before take off.