According to comments made by the Air Force pilots who requested practical modifications of the original re-issue 1987 version of the A-2 flight jacket, the Official USAF 21st Century A-2 is a contemporary version of the original classic Government Issue jacket. The 21st Century A-2 is tailored to serve present-day pilot requirements, while retaining all the authentic charm of the original making it perfect for every day wear. This jacket is also available in long sizes.
• Deluxe military spec goatskin leather • Mil spec cotton blend tonal lining • Snap down collar • Brass front zipper under wind flap • Two front flap snap pockets • Side entry pockets • Two interior pockets • Knit cuffs and waistband • This is a regular fit jacket • Available in black or 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.