I wanted to feature this WWII replica jacket hand-made in the United States because it recalls a time in our history when America's might was unquestioned — and saved the world from the scourge of Nazism. I'd like to believe we can return to those days of American preeminence if we could reproduce some of the spirit and courage the men who wore these jackets embodied.
The A-2 flight jacket became standard issue gear for all U.S. Army Air Forces pilots upon completion of basic flight training starting in 1931, and continued to be standard issue until April 1943. U.S. Army pilots needed a jacket that provided warmth in barely heated cockpits at high altitudes — but at the same time allowed freedom of movement in such a cramped space. This stunning reproduction is made right here in America by Cockpit USA, the current supplier of leather jackets to the Air Force. Of course they added a few convenient updates, hidden side entry hand warmer pockets, and a looser fit than the typical military cut. And instead of standard-issue horsehide, they use specially tanned lambskin of the highest grade with an 'Antique' design to give the jacket a worn patina. Authentic WWII design elements include bi-swing back, knit cuffs and waistband, top entry pockets, front wind flap, under arm grommets for ventilation, two inside chest pockets and fully embroidered lining. Made in the USA. Fiber Content.