Awarded over 100 military decorations including the Medal of Honor from the US, this A-2 was made famous by General Douglas MacArthur who wore his custom made horsehide A-2. Manufactured with hard wearing military grade horsehide as originally specified in 1931, the leather shows the same natural creases, folds and graining details as those worn in the Army Air Corps of 1931 to 1939 and the WWII Army Air Forces. This jacket is also available in long sizes.
• 100% horsehide leather • Cotton blend russet lining • Snap down collar • Underarm ventilation grommets • Brass front zipper under wind flap • Two front flap snap pockets • Knit cuffs and waistband • This is a regular fit jacket • Available in brown or mahogany • 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.