We salute the service men of the U.S.A.A.F. who heroically embarked on that perilous first mission of bombing the Japanese Homeland on April 18th, 1942 during WWII. Careful attention has been given to the 34th Bomb Squadron embroidered patch on the left chest. The “Tokyo Raiders” commemorative lining is beautifully hand screen printed and embroidered. Our way of honoring the many who sacrificed during such an important event in America’s history.
• Durable, vegetable tanned horsehide leather • Cotton russet lining with an embroidered appliqué honoring the Tokyo Raiders • Snap down collar • Front zipper under wind flap • Left chest patch • Two front flap snap pockets • An 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.