Type A-1 :: .50CAL Contract 31-800P

JACKET - Flying Type A-1 .50CAL Contract 31-800P

SHELL
Premium grade 100% veg-tanned 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

.50CAL is a small range of specialised garments that come only in our Time Worn finish. They will appeal to those who appreciate the nostalgic charm of a true vintage flight jacket.

This process is entirely hand done, which takes hours to achieve. The result is a jacket that is still brand new, but you get something that has a vintage lived-in patina that you can continue to add to from the first time you step out your door.

Original A-1s that are still in existence are few and far between, but those that are, are generally well worn. Being made from Capeskin (sheep) the leather is softer than other hides such as steer and horse, and therefore sustains scuffing and grazing more easily. The .50CAL A-1 captures perfectly this vintage appeal.

Standardised on November 27th 1927 as a Summer flying jacket, it was the very first of the knitted waist and cuff wind-cheater type flight jackets. It was a style that was to set the 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Synonymous with early aviation heroes such as Jimmy Doolittle, the A-1, although superseded by the A-2 in 1931, was still in limited use during WWII, and was not declared obsolete until September 29th 1944.

We have sourced an amazing 100% veg-tanned Capeskin, which is finished in the tradtional pre-war technique which gives the leather a very natural and clear look as was used on the original garments of the early 30s. The quality and handle is outstanding, giving you a garment that exudes vintage character and appeal.



769.99

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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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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