RAF Irvin Flying Jacket - Wired
By Wareing's (N'Ton) Ltd. Size 5 (height 5'10 - 5'11", breast 38 - 40", waist 34 - 36"), 1940 dated. Electrically Wired Thermally Insulated Flying Suit, Jacket. Physically measures approximately 46” so should be suitable for around a 40 - 42” chest. Classic early wired example with single panel fronts and just one centre seam on the back of the jacket. Fitted with an integral wiring loom within leather channels sewn along each sleeve and across the lower back to enable the use of R.A.E. heated gloves. A short umbilical cord connected the jacket to matching trousers via a 2-pin socket. Another umbilical connected the wearer to the aircraft via a larger alloy 3-pin plug. The leather is in good overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. The surface is heavily creased and does have areas of abrasion/wear, particularly on the backs of the arms, but the general appearance of the jacket is good. It has been dressed (probably with Pecard). All seams appear good and tight. The The wiring loom is still in place (most wired jackets have had the wiring stripped out) and has both 2-pin plugs and RAE 'posts' in place. All the umbilicals are also present but we believe these have been reinstated. Very good short dense fur typical of early war jackets. The waist and cuff fur is also very good but the collar has been carefully re-trimmed. The jacket retains original D-o-T zips, all with their original leather puller tags. The belt is complete and in good condition. This example has a collar strap/rings, eyelets to the rear of the collar for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present) and lovely large Air Ministry marked Wareings label. This has a 1939 contract date but is also clearly 1940 dated. Overall this is a very good example of these rare wired jackets. Further photographs avaialable on request. Stock code J21369.