During WWII, the ‘battle worn’ look of a pilot’s jacket was a visual reflection of his courage and bravery. Recreating this effect, the "100 Mission" jacket is crafted using antique lambskin which features purposely made surface irregularities and natural graining to recreate a weather-beaten appearance. With continued wear, the color of the leather will lighten and its texture will become richer, adding to the vintage characteristics of the jacket. The ‘100 Mission’ jacket is manufactured according to A-2 military specified detailing and does not contain fiberfill or bulky insulation, making it suitable for all seasons and particularly perfect for warmer climates. The jacket boasts side entry hand warming pockets, an interior pocket and a woven “equipment label” sewn into the lining. Made in the USA of imported leather.
• Antique lambskin leather • Silky lining with woven equipment label • Snap down collar • Front zipper under wind flap • Two front flap snap pockets • Side entry pockets • An interior pocket • Knit cuffs and waistband • This is a regular fit jacket • Proudly made in the USA.
The Type A-2 flying jacket was officially standardized by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1927, as the successor to the Type A-1 flying jacket. The military specification number for Type A-2 is 94-3040, Drawing Number 31-1415, but spec. labels found in the jackets themselves show this to be 30-1415.
The A-2 was traditionally awarded to an Army Air Forces officer upon completion of basic flight training, and always before graduating to advanced training. The informal standard system of distribution was airmen lining up in front of boxes containing jackets of various sizes and handed out by the base Quartermaster.
The flight jacket became a treasured item to all airmen, and was worn with as much pride as their wings. During their service, crews often added and removed squadron patches, rank marks, mission markings and occasionally painted artwork depicting the type of aircraft they flew, or the Nose Art painted on their aircraft.