JACKET - Flying Type A-2 Eastman® Masters Of The Air CENTURY BOMBERS® Seal Brown Horsehide

As supplied to the 2024 miniseries production ‘Masters Of The Air’.

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A-2 MOTA SHH Century Bombers patch

Data sheet

SHELL
Veg-tanned Horsehide
COLOUR
Seal Brown
PATCH
Century 100 Bombers® Licensed product from the 100th BG foundation.
LINING
100% plain weave cotton, matched to the correct USAAF spec.
COLLAR HOOK
Correct bent wire style in dull nickel
COLLAR HOOK EYELETS
Double barrel version
KNIT
100% worsted wool, in authentic wartime spec and colour.
LABEL
Woven USAAF spec
ZIP
Authentic Talon
FINISH
Time Worn
Note: Jackets that are personalised with insignia, or that are Time Worn® (where Time Worn® is optional), are non-returnable
£1,499.99
Garment size

Name Tag
Lining Stencils
( + £24.99)
( + £24.99)

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

Description

In 2013, following the success of their previously highly acclaimed WWII mini-series ‘Band Of Brothers’ and ‘Pacific’, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks announced they would be producing their third instalment of authentic wartime dramas entitled ‘Masters Of The Air’.

A few years passed before production actually started but in 2019 we were approached by the production company with the view of producing their requirements regarding authentic flight jackets and associated garments.

Needless to say one of the most popular that would be required was the Type A-2 - the most famous of all the US Army Air Force flight jackets.

Aesthetics are always a primary consideration of the costume department, so along with many versions of our regular A-2 designs we already offered, the film company asked us to make the majority of A-2s with certain features they wanted to emphasise in the interest of aesthetics, whilst still maintaining absolute authenticity.

The collar profile was to be made with deeper rounded lobes - very similar to that of the Monarch Mfg Co contract. The sleeve head was to be on the steeper side and the sleeve to be set-in, giving the garment a very smart appearance.

Pocket flap profiles were of the more rounded shape one sees on A-2s, and crucially the hide needed to be of a type that readily took on a worn looking patina. It takes a lot of time to break down hundreds of flight jackets to appear well worn, so we used a beautiful aniline dyed horsehide with a very round handle and not too heavy and the result was amazing.

The MOTA A-2 offered here is the exact version that was made for the production in terms of quality, spec, details and leather, and is available in a choice of two shades: Seal Brown or Havana, which in turn are available with the Century Bombers® patch as worn by the 100th Bomb Group and produced under licence from the 100th Bomb Group Foundation. They are also Time Worn just like the film production version.