Vintage WWII USAAF US ARMY AIR FORCE Type B-15A Size 42 Flight Jacket. Jacket is in wonderful condition, particularly given it's 80 years old. Leather Oxygen clip, left breast, stitched up a tear. Talon zipper replaced for a period replacement - now works perfectly and is gorgeous & fully functional. Small bald patch on right side of mouton collar - see image.
Small tear at lower side of each cuff. Elbow batches worn, but fine. AAF Stencil on left upper arm visible but worn. Cuffs and waistband in fantastic condition, do not appear to be replaced.Alpaca lining mint condition, extremely warm. All pockets & poppers immaculate. Ready to wear, or to display. Size 42, wears like a large.
The B-15A was the final development of the World War II non-Winter AAF flight jacket, replacing the relatively short-lived but widely-used B-10 (which itself replaced the A-2) in 1944-45. Features include oversized Mouton Collar, full Alpaca Lining (extending into the wind flap), biased Zipper, Oxygen Clip tabs, dual interior Pockets. The B-15, B-15A and earlier B-10 Jackets are pretty hard to find in good shape today. The cotton sateen soiled and wore quickly and the OD color conferred a more functional, more military look to the Jacket so they weren't as coveted as the Horsehide and Goatskin A-2s. They were, however, warmer, more comfortable, held much more and had usable, valuable front pockets, unlike the A-2, which had looks to kill but was rather a leather sweater, all things considered.A well looked-after piece of US aviation history, presented in wearable condition. Happy to answer any questions or send more photos. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Uniforms". The seller is "historic_goods" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.