I had this jacket hand-made in the United States exclusively for Herrington customers 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!
WWII Authentic G-1 Flight Jacket — The G-1 flight jacket became standard issue gear for all Navy and Marine Corps pilots in the late 1930's during WWII, and remains uniform-issue today for Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard flight personnel. Pilots needed a jacket that provided warmth in unheated cockpits at high altitudes — but at the same time allowed freedom of movement in such a cramped space. A pilot's G-1 jacket was as much a symbol of pride as their wings, and many would sew patches depicting their squadron, missions, kills, and rank. We approached Cockpit USA, the current supplier of leather jackets for the Air Force, to reproduce the original WWII G-1 Flight Jacket to exacting military specifications — and they had to be made right here in the USA! Of course we added a few updates — hidden side entry hand warmer pockets, a detachable fur collar, and a looser fit than a typical military cut. And instead of standard goatskin or lambskin, we used luxurious calfskin of the highest grade because of its rich texture and pebbled grain look. 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 including pilot's battle map, which would lead a downed pilot back to the Allied side. Fiber Content.