Eastman A-2 :: Seal Brown Horsehide

JACKET - Flying Type A-2 Eastman Seal Brown Horsehide

SHELL
Veg-tanned Vintage WarHorse® Horsehide
COLOUR
Seal Brown
LINING
100% plain weave cotton, matched to the correct USAAF spec.
COLLAR HOOK
Correct bent wire style in dull nickel
COLLAR HOOK EYELETS
Double barrel version
KNIT
100% worsted wool, in authentic wartime spec and colour.
LABEL
Woven USAAF spec

The A-2 is without doubt the most famous of all the WWII flight jacket designs.

Standardised on May 29th 1931 as the regulation Army Air Corp intermediate flight jacket it was used until the end of the war.

Initially, it was intended that the A-2 flight jacket be made from Horsehide leather only. However, by the mid '30s, Goatskin and later Steerhide, were also approved.

The official colour was 'Seal Brown', but this was represented in many various shades as it turned out. Indeed, references to other shades such as Russet and Havana were also used.

Of a quite basic design, the A-2 flight jacket saw action in every theatre of WWII. Pilots and aircrew regarded their A-2s as companions, more than simply items of issued clothing. Today, original A-2s fetch high prices in the collectors' market, and are regarded as military antiques.

The Eastman A-2 flight jacket represents the spec in its most typical form. It's available in 3 hide types: Horsehide, Goatskin & Steerhide, which in turn are available in two shades of brown: Seal & Havana. The hide in each case is veg-tanned.

During most of the period that the A-2 was originally produced (1931 - 43), veg-tanned hides were used. Accordingly, the look and feel of a reproduction made from this type of hide best represents the vintage appeal of the original.

Veg-tanning is uncommon these days; it is more time consuming to prepare than modern methods, generally difficult to produce, and is thus hard to source and more expensive. But expense cannot be spared if the definitive reproduction is the goal. Our endeavour to find the most authentic leather that is made using this process has been exhausting, but worth it. This garment is made from our latest vintage WarHorse® horsehide in the rich Seal brown shade. This hide exudes quality and authentic vintage character.

With an Eastman A-2 you are purchasing the very finest of any offering worldwide in this genre, and a garment that emulates it's wartime predecessor in every detail.

Available in sizes: 36 - 48.

TimeWorn:
This garment is available with the option of having a ‘TimeWorn’ finish. For more information about TimeWorn please see the link just below here.

Please note:
Choosing the TimeWorn option renders the garment non-returnable. Please see our Terms and Conditions regarding returns if you require further information.

£674.99

NOTE: Jackets that are personalised with insignia, or that are time-worn (where time-worn is optional), are non-returnable

USAAF Insignia

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USAAF Name Tag Example

Please be aware this is only a representation of the final product. If any insignia is added to the product the jacket is non returnable.

(+£18.00)
+ Sample Lining Stencil
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Close Insignia

Customer Size Guide

Jackets and Tops

Measure your chest over a T-shirt; it is helpful to get someone to do this for you. Do not inflate your lungs, just relax and stand with your arms out. The tape measure should be run around your chest right up under your arms and held snug, but not tight - this is your chest measurement.

Measure your chest The Size you
should order
in cm
34-36 86-91 36 XS
36-38 91-96 38 S
38-40 96-101 40 M
40-42 101-106 42 M
42-44 106-111 44 L
44-46 111-116 46 L
46-48 116-121 48 XL

Gloves

Measure the circumference of your hand around your 4 knuckles (obviously do not include your thumb). Correlate this measurement with size chart below to assess your glove size.

Measure of your knuckles The Size you
should order
in cm
7 - 8 18 - 20 XS
8 - 9 20 - 23 S
9 - 10 23 - 25 M
10 - 11 25 - 28 L
11 - 12 28 - 30 XL

Hats

Measure the circumference of your head.

Measure of your head The Size you
should order
in cm
21½ - 22 54 - 55.5 XS
22 - 22½ 55.5 - 57 S
22½ - 23 57 - 58.5 M
23 - 23½ 58.5 - 60 L
23½ - 24 60 - 61.5 XL
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