Standardised as the 'Type B-3' on May 8th 1934, its design was principally inspired by the British 'Irvin' flying jacket, which had been put into service with the RAF a couple of years earlier. It would be the standard issue 'Heavy Zone' flight jacket for the next 10 years.
It went through a number of subtle spec changes during its period of service, the most noticeable being the colour of the outer finish. By late '42 the shade had been changed for the final time to dark 'Seal Brown'. This ensured improved serviceability, and lent the garment a more uniform appearance.
Original examples are highly sought after collector items today; more than 70 years from its conception the B-3 is still in high demand. Its hip length 'boxy' design made it popular not only with the aircrews of WWII, but also the trendy civilian after the war - without doubt a design classic.
We have been producing this famous style for more than 25 years, and we feel sure our model is the most authentic available. A characteristic of the wartime jackets is that they have a rugged, broken grain character; using traditional treatments and hand-dye techniques we have recreated this material to an incredible authentic standard.
The sheepskin material itself is of North American origin. There are many breeds of sheep throughout the world, each having their own wool characteristic, so it is essential that the pelts used are derived from the correct breed to ensure complete authenticity. This soft sheepskin encases the body, ensuring maximum body warmth retention.
There is a choice of 2 shades of brown for the horsehide facings on this model: Seal or Russet. By going to the link at the top of this page you will be able to view the full picture gallery of this product and see the two shades illustrated.
Available in sizes: 36 - 48.