Preceding its reintroduction in 1987, We worked closely with the Air Force Uniform Board at the Pentagon and the Product Development Group at Wright Patterson Airbase on modern specifications for the new A-2 jacket, adapting the WWII version to cater to current aircrew needs. True to the original in spec, intrepid in its past and classic in style, the A-2 jacket is a timeless wardrobe piece of history. This jacket is also available in regular sizes.
• Hand cut aniline goatskin leather • Cotton blend russet lining • Snap down collar • Brass front zipper under wind flap • Two front flap snap pockets • Knit cuffs and waistband • This is a slim 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.