Eastman® :: B-6

JACKET - Flying Type B-6 Eastman®

North American Sheepskin
Russet Brown Horsehide
Woven USAAF spec
100% unbleached cotton drill
USAAF mil-spec matt black
Crown® - an Eastman trademarked authentic brand

Standardised on June 12th 1939, the B-6 shearling flying jacket was a lighter weight alternative to the B-3, and categorised in the ‘Intermediate Zone’ for flight clothing.

Made from 1/4 inch sheep shearling it was intended to fill the intermediate gap between the lightweight A-2, which was often not warm enough, and the heavier weight B-3.

It was especially popular among fighter pilots of the pre and early war period; earlier fighter aircraft were without heating, (the P-38 was particularly cold), so an insulated jacket of some description was necessary. Being less bulky than the B-3 it better suited the cramped environment of the fighter cockpit.

Unlike all other sheepskin flight jackets the B-6 is uniquely cut in that it is slightly longer in the torso, and with a flared lower section; normally a flight jacket will not go past the bend in the body so as to avoid bunching when sitting down. Hence it could be worn without the companion A-5 sheepskin trousers but still give adequate cover to lower back and haunches. To each side (at the hip) a zip was placed so the flare could be drawn in when standing, and relaxed when sitting down.

Together with the bi-swing back and two front slash pockets the B-6 exhibits good functional thoughtful design.

As with all our U.S.A.A.F. shearling jackets, the B-6 is made from premium quality North American sheepskin which is tanned and finished to the correct U.S.A.A.F. spec, and with our latest ‘broken-grain’ finish.

Next to finding a ‘new-old-stock’ original, you wont get any closer than this to the real thing.

Available in sizes: 36 - 48.


NOTE: Jackets that are personalised with insignia, or that are Time Worn® (where Time Worn® is optional), are non-returnable

USAAF Insignia

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.

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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


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


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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