The 40th Anniversary A-2 Flight Jacket is a special edition of the iconic WWII U.S Air Force flight jacket, now crafted from specially weathered and tanned horsehide leather. This unique version offers all of the authenticity of our hand painted nose art jackets while giving the wearer the option of creating their own design on this beautiful blank canvas. Since many of the original A-2 jackets in our archive show olive thread stitching we made our version with contrast stitching thread giving it that extra authentic touch. The horsehide leather we use for this jacket has been expertly finished to allow your garment to develop a patina, yielding an aged and vintage appearance. These natural shadings and characteristics are by design and a normal process exclusive to Cockpit USA. Not sure which size to get? Send us your measurements and we will suggest the best fit for you.
• Crafted from durable horsehide leather with olive stitching • Russet cotton poplin lining • Two front flap snap pockets • Interior pocket • Knit cuffs and waistband • This is a regular fit jacket • Available in brown • 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.