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Alpha A-2 Leather Flight Jacket

Availability: In stock

$545.00

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Alpha Industries' version of the legendary leather pilot’s jacket, adopted in the 1930s and still in use today. The A-2 leather jacket is made from premium goatskin leather with high-quality stitching. The jacket features stitched down shoulder straps, snap-down collar, knit cuffs and waistband, two front patch pockets with snap button flaps, and two side slash pockets.

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Alpha Industries' version of the legendary leather pilot’s jacket, adopted in the 1930s and still in use today. The A-2 leather jacket is made from premium goatskin leather with high-quality stitching. The jacket features stitched down shoulder straps, snap-down collar, knitted cuffs and waistband, two front patch pockets with flaps with snap button, and two side slash pockets.

Adopted in 1931, the A-2 Flying Jacket, would become synonomous with US pilots of the Second World War. The A-2 jacket was presented to Army Air Forces officers upon completion of basic flight training. The jackets were worn exclusively by officers until early in the Second World War when they began to also be issued to enlisted aircrew. The jacket was a treasured item among airman and was worn with pride. Jackets were often decorated with squadron patches, rank marks, and occasionally elaborate artwork depicting the type of aircraft they flew or a copy of the artwork painted on their airplane. Bomber crews often added small bombs to the right front of their jackets indicating the number of missions they had flown. The emblem of the Army Air Forces was often sewn, painted, or applied by decal on the left shoulder, while the shield of the specific Air Force was often displayed on the right. As airmen progressed through various duty stations emblems were added and removed and, as a result, many jackets ended up with numerous stitch marks as patches of various sizes were removed and replaced.

Specifications

Genuine goatskin leather flight jacket.
Zipper closure with storm flap.
Knit waistband and cuffs.
Stitched down shoulder straps.
Snap-down collar.
Two front patch pockets with snap button flaps.
Two side slash pockets.