Alpha Industries' Slim Fit MA-1 is an update to their classic MA-1 design. This jacket has a slimmer fit through the body and sleeves. Like its counterpart, the MA-1 Slim Fit has a flight nylon, water-resistant shell with nylon lining and 100% polyester fill.
The MA-1 was adopted by US Air Force and Navy pilots and ground crew in the mid-1950s. Designed for use in temperatures between -10 and 10 degrees C, the MA-1 originally had a wool knit collar, waistband and cuffs. The MA-1 discarded the mouton fur collar of its predecessor, the B-15, because it interfered with the parachute harness worn by pilots. The jacket included tabs to which the oxygen mask could be clipped, and to hold headset wires. In 1960 an indian orange lining was added to the jacket. In the event of a crash, a pilot could then reverse the jacket making them more visible to rescue personnel. As equipment changed, and the jackets were adopted by other branches of the armed forces, many of these features were removed from the jacket.
Alpha Industries' first government contract for the MA-1 was awarded in 1963. Alpha Industries first started producing the MA-1 flight jacket for the civilian market in the 1970s. While the jacket has evolved over the years it remains one of Alpha Industries most popular designs.
Flight nylon jacket contains a signature utility/pencil pocket with 'Remove Before Flight' keychain.
Zipper closure with storm flap.
Knit waistband, cuffs and collar.
Comfort rated in temperatures from -4 to 5 degrees Celsius.
Dry clean only.