JACKET - Flying Type A-1 Contract 31-800P

JACKET - Flying Type A-1 Contract 31-800P

SHELL
Premium grade Capeskin
LINING
100% cotton sateen - dye matched exactly to the original.
BUTTONS
Custom made real horn
BACKING BUTTONS
Custom made real horn
LABEL
Exact reproduction of the original

Of all the American flight jackets this model is one of the hardest to reproduce correctly because original examples are virtually impossible to find. Ideally having an original example to hand is necessary.

We have been extremely fortunate to secure an original A-1 which retains all its original components, so our reproduction is extremely accurate. For the first time since 1931 an A-1 made from all the correct materials, including Capeskin for the shell, is now available.

Origin of the A-1: Standardised on November 27th 1927 as a Summer flying jacket, it was the very first of the knitted waist and cuff windcheater type flight jackets. It was a style that was to set basic outline for flight jacket design for decades to come.

Synonymous with early aviation heroes such as Jimmy Doolittle, the A-1, although superseded by the A-2 in 1931, was still in limited use during WWII, and was not declared obsolete until September 29th 1944.

The reproduction: Our A-1 replicates the original to the last detail with its distinctive slim cut, and unique materials. However, unlike the early A-2s the A-1, being made from the much softer and finer Capeskin, wears very easy and feels like you hardly have it on. It is the perfect Summer weight flight jacket that can be worn from outdoors to indoors without feeling the need to take it off. It is the perfect all rounder, an absolute dream to wear, and a garment that exudes absolute quality.

Our Capeskin has been sourced and selected from the highest grade we could find. It's finished in an aniline Seal Brown dye, matched exactly to the original. This combination of quality and dye method produces a leather that is just delicious to touch and eye.

Note: When viewing the comparison images, your first impression may be that the colour of our A-1 is markedly darker than the original. However, this is because the original has become very faded and scuffed with much wear. We have taken colour matches from areas on the jacket where the original colour is still perfectly preserved.

Available in sizes 36 - 48.

699.99

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
(+25.00)
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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