JACKET - Flying Type A-2 Eastman® Seal Brown Horsehide
The A-2 is without doubt the most famous of all the WWII flight jacket designs. Standardised on May 29th 1931 as the regulation Army Air Corp intermediate flight jacket it was used until the end of the war.Continue Reading
- Veg-tanned Horsehide
- Seal Brown
- 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
- 100% worsted wool, in authentic wartime spec and colour.
- Woven USAAF spec
The A-2 is without doubt the most famous of all the WWII flight jacket designs. Standardised on May 29th 1931 as the regulation Army Air Corp intermediate flight jacket it was used until the end of the war.
The official colour was 'Seal Brown', but this was represented in many various shades as it turned out. Indeed, references to other shades such as Russet and Havana were also used.
The Eastman A-2 flight jacket represents the spec in its most typical form. Available in two shades of brown: Seal & Havana.
During most of the period that the A-2 was originally produced (1931 - 43), veg-tanned hides were used. Accordingly, the look and feel of a reproduction made from this type of hide best represents the vintage appeal of the original.
Veg-tanning is uncommon these days; it is more time consuming to prepare than modern methods, generally difficult to produce, and is thus hard to source and more expensive. But expense cannot be spared if the definitive reproduction is the goal. Our endeavour to find the most authentic leather that is made using this process has been exhausting, but worth it. Specially prepared for us by an artisan Italian tanner we have had the most authentic horsehide recreated using traditional veg-tanning methods, which we call WarHorse®, the hide exudes sheer quality and authentic vintage character.
With an Eastman A-2 you are purchasing the very finest of any offering worldwide in this genre, and a garment that emulates it's wartime predecessor in every detail.
Available in sizes: 36 - 48.
This garment is available with the option of having a ‘TimeWorn’ finish. For more information about TimeWorn please see the link just below here.
Choosing the TimeWorn option renders the garment non-returnable. Please see our Terms and Conditions regarding returns if you require further information.