R.A.F. :: 1942 Pattern

JACKET - R.A.F. 1942 Pattern

Premium selection ¾” sheepskin
Veg-tanned aniline dyed top-grain hide
Authentic RAF mil-spec custom-made
Printed linen
Black elastic, RAF spec
Authentic custom-made wartime style

Originally designed by the parachute pioneer Leslie Leroy Irvin, the R.A.F. sheepskin flying jacket was standard issue to R.A.F. aircrews.

From experience learned in the First World War, the necessity for some form of garment with a high degree of insulation became evident. From this need finally emerged the design commonly known as the 'Irvin'. The first examples went into production in 1931.

Approved by the Air Ministry its production was contracted out to many manufacturers and not solely to the Irvin Airchute Company, as commonly believed. The pre-war jackets were manufactured with a somewhat extravagant use of the sheepskin material. They had undivided one-piece body panels requiring only the minimum of necessary seams. Although this facilitated easier assembly, it consumed much greater quantities of material.

With the coming of war and the demand for greater quantities of jackets, a more economic method of manufacture had to be devised. It was decided that the earlier pattern should be divided into smaller panels, thus saving material, but which resulted in the consequential increase in the number of seams.

Whilst these measures served the need for wartime economics, they do not detract from the present day value of these highly sought after flying jackets. Many have now found their way into the memorabilia collections and museums; no other garment depicts more readily the gallantry and selflessness of the airmen who wore them as the 'R.A.F. Sheepskin Flying Jacket'.

The model offered here is typical of that which was produced during the 1941/42 period. The over-riding prerequisites of quality and authenticity have been strictly adhered to throughout, presenting the most avid enthusiast with a jacket of unparalleled accuracy.

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

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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