A2, the legendary pilot´s jacket of the USAF.
As a successive model of the A1 the A2-jacket was introduced
in 1930 and produced till approximately 1942.
In addition to the B3 which was designed for the use
in upper airspace (bomber pilots, reconnaissance pilots etc.) the A2 is the jacket of
combat and fighter pilots.
This jacket became a myth (just like the B3-jacket)
and vouches for freedom and tolerance.
Nearly every A2 was decorated by its owner with art work on the back.
The owners proved themselves as extremely skilled,
whether with their own capabilities or empowered artists
-in times of war a bold attempt.
These decorated jackets can only be found in museums
often a loan of the owners honouring the tasks and the fight for freedom and tolerance.
The A2 was designed for aggravating circumstances in
With a speed of more than 135 knots an open cockpit
presents wind conditions of heavy storm.
Everything that wasn´t clinched and riveted
discharged itself suddenly, including the flight equipment and especially parts of the
jacket that were open (or in earlier times, parts of the "coat" ) struck out
not necessarily to delight the air men-
Especially for the airmen and air gunners who partly
still worked standing upright in the air stream, floating clothes could do a lot of harm.
Therefore the A2 was fit out with press buttons to fix the collar ends.
Additionally there was a hook to keep the wind cover above the zipper
The pockets as well are to close with press buttons
Even after bloodcurdling flight manoeuvres the
content of the pocket was on its old place.
The use of a zipper was a revolutionary innovation.
The previous model, the A1, was buttoned up hardly practicable when flying.
Knitted waistbands were set to avoid ´blown-
With jackets of the US-armed forces the shortwaist
always attracts attention.
While today this is taken as a fashionable feature
-the origin of these short jackets based on the fact that the jacket won´t slip
underneath the `posterior´ when sitting down.
Circumstances like that are not only uncomfortable
but also extremely restrain from moving.
Moreover a crumpled jacket doesn´t look cool really
not so very helpful to wearer´s authority either.
!The Blouson was invented!
In the 80´s this jacket was reproduced -according
to original specifications.
The quantity was quite low depending on the incoming
order. At the beginning/middle of the 90´s the production was stopped again.
As a little concession and to mark the reproduction
as such the jacket was garnished with a special sticker, the patches for the pilots names
and their units.
Like it´s reproductions of the 80´s the original A
2 is made of goatskin, a kid skin (no goat chamois-leather) that is incredibly resistant
Worked up as full leather it is made for
With a progressive wearing for years the appearance
of the jacket changes from ingenious to simply wonderful. Even features like the press
buttons to fix the collar and hooks to keep the the wind cover close were
In 1930 the application of a zipper was marking a
new epoch, like usage of nomex fibres in the 60´s.
The A2 has an inner pocket and two outer pockets and
the lining is extremely steady.
As carefully worked up as it is this jacket is a
purchase for life
but be careful-
some rotten folks are spoiling for this rare jacket.
We have access to a limited number of A 2 jackets
which come from productions of these small series.
All A2-jackets are made in USA years ago, but still unused.
Aufgrund der Nachfrage nach
diesen Jacken haben wir eine neue Produktion auflegen lassen. Auch diese neuen Jacken
werden in direkter Anlehnung an die originalen A2´s gefertigt.
These days the A2 is nearly only available as a wild
copy. It is defaced with fur collar, crazy inner linings, odd leather types and even
more remarkable "leather qualities".
There are no bounds between stupidity and
All these jackets may have their justification as
pretty nice jackets but with reference to the original A2 -jacket these abuse is not to
We measure our products before delivering them and
equalize your specification according to it. So we make sure that your A2-jacket fits as
perfect as possible.
Therefore it is really important for you to appoint
your exact size.
details belong to your size:
-width of chest
-length of sleeves (without hand)
-width of waist
It doesnt make much sense to order an A2 without
That is why we ask for your kind