The “V” in the Air Jordan V Take Flight also stands for “victory.” The super-premium Spring 2017 release comes in at a sky-high $400, but Jordan fans are keen to pick it up February 11. Not only does the Air Jordan V serve as the capstone of the Take Flight silhouettes, it also rises to the ranks of “most-collectible” status.
Air Jordan V Take Flight
Colors: Sequoia/Metallic Gold/Vachetta Tan
Features: Premium leather upper; Air-Sole units; fighter-plane inspired carry bag
When Mustang Met Jordan
Air Jordan V Take Flight, like its other two comrades in the collection, draws inspiration from American fighter planes. The Air Jordan V design, however, is specifically inspired by Boeing’s P-51 Mustang Fighter, the ionic shining single-engine fighter. The Mustang nobly served during World War II and the Korean War, and received this commendation from the Truman Senate War Investigating Committee in 1944:
“the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence.” (“Historical Snapshot” via Boeing.com)
Now in 2017, you can see a P-51 Mustang in person at the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour. If you have any money left over after buying the Air Jordan V Take Flight, it’s only $2,200 to take a flying lesson in the P-51 Mustang yourself. Fear of heights? Live vicariously through this video of “Betty Jane,” a P-51 Mustang from the tour (via YouTube user, harley909).
It begs the question, why celebrate the modernity of Jordan Brand with the history of an American fighter plane? It’s simple: the sky is the limit for both the Mustang and the Air Jordan. When both the Mustang and Michael Jordan cruise at high speeds, it’s easy to see they’re the Rolls-Royce of the skies. And by Rolls-Royce, we mean the best– not to mention the fact that a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine powers the P-51.
Air Jordan V: V for Victory
Air Jordan V Take Flight emerges victorious in February as one of the most sought-after releases. It also succeeds in hopping on the neutral bandwagon, all while welcoming back the suede trend. Even the side vents on the Air Jordan V upper emulate the air vents on the P-51 Mustang, a crucial design element for both. Air circulation is key to maximum performance in both the machine and the man, and Jordan Brand proves once again that art imitates life. The Air Jordan V is a winner by any definition, and is bound to go down in the history books. It proves that history and culture can collide, and be celebrated (and memorialized) in fashion.
Jordan Brand Goes to Flight School
It’s obvious: Jordan Brand went to flight school to design its spectacular colorway. The Nike Launch page attributes the colorway of the Air Jordan V to the flight jackets donned by fighter pilots. The official colors of Sequoia, Metallic Gold, and Vachetta Tan give a nod to the camo trend, and speak to how the colors were used in aircraft design.
Whereas the P-51 Mustang had a silver bullet-esque theme, other fighter planes featured their own unique “colorway” of camouflage and grey/blue. The camo green on the plane’s body blended into treetops to hide from overhead aircraft. The grey or blue belly blended into the sky, concealing the plane from ground troops. All in all, Jordan Brand took special care with this Air Jordan V to preserve the legacy of its silhouette, as well as making it a bonafide member of the Take Flight collection.
Nosedive into the Shoe Bag
The shoe bag features a roaring grill against the Sequoia background. The bag borrows its mean bite from the popular design featured on the nose of Flying Tigers, as well as other fighter planes. The bag also adds a notch to the belt of the Air Jordan V Take Flight, as an exceptional accessory for a highly collectible sneaker. Jordan Brand most recently featured a eye-popping shoe bag for its “Stop Pre” release last month. It’s a safe bet to say that where there’s a shoe bag, there’s an Air Jordan waiting to become super-desirable, and super-collectible.
Jump On It
Money is no object with a release like the Air Jordan V Take Flight. Whether you’re completing your Take Flight collection, or investing in just this Air Jordan V, you’ll be glad you did. Rush into select Jordan retailers on Saturday, February 11 to turn your green into Sequoia to own your piece of Jordan history.
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