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RAF / FAA Irvin flying jacket - hooded, history

RAF / FAA Irvin flying jacket - hooded, history

Code: J24088

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Thermally Insulated Flying Suit, Jacket.  Labelled as a Size 5 (Ht. 5'10" - 5'11", Ch. 38 - 40", Wt. 34 - 36") and 1942 dated.  Physically measures approximately 45” so should be suitable for upto around a 40-41” chest.  This example is of four-panel front and rear construction (see photographs).  The leather is in excellent condition retaining virtually all of the original chromed finish. It is strong and has excellent flexibility.  There are some minor surface nicks/blemishes on the upper part of the main front left panel but this really does not detract.  Fitted with its original yellow painted hood that retains good strong colour.  Excellent dense mid length fur lining with slightly shorter fur inside the hood.  Both cuffs and waist have retain most of their fur trims.   Excellent belt/buckle. The jacket retains the original 'N' marked Air Ministry sleeve zips with leather puller tabs. The main zip tape/teeth is original but the actual slider is a replacement.  Whilst this works fine it can be a little tricky to initally mesh.  An original leather puller tab has been attached to the slider in order to improve the appearance.  Obviously an original slider could be added if you have one available and this would be our recommendation if you intend to wear the jacket and/or use the zip frequently to avoid damaging the teeth/tape.  With chain hanger and original 1942 dated Air Ministry label. This belonged to Arthur John Felix who trained as a wireless operator / airgunner and flew as a radio operator on Catalinas, Sunderlands & Wellingtons with B.O.A.C. between June 1942 and  September 1944.  Comes with a photocopy of some of his log book.  An excellent example of the hooded pattern.  Stock code J24088.

Approximate measurements, laid flat and zipped : 

Pit to pit x 2 = 45", Centre underarm seam to cuff 20", Shoulder seam to cuff 24", Neck seam to waist 24"