'Thermally Insulated Flying Suit, Jacket'. Physically measures approximately 42” (maximum) so should be OK for around a 38/39” chest. This example is of typical early war construction with a two panel front and single seam rear. The leather is in very good overall condition and has much of the original chromed finish with good flexibility. There is some variation in the thickness and strength of the leather, most notably on the left rear panel (as viewed) and shoulders, where it is thinner and less strong than other areas. There is some general wear and abrasion and a few stitched repairs, the largest on the rear of the left arm, with small repairs on the back (1) and adjacent to the left arm pit seams (1), all photographed. In addition, a messy tear on the wind flap (behind the zip) has been repaired. Both sleeve zips are original, manufactured by 'D-o-T' and in good working condition. The main zip, also a 'D-o-T', is an excellent original period replacement. Two are complete with original leather puller tabs, the third is a replacement. The lining is generally excellent bar a very small area on the collar (see photograph) and wear/loss at the cuffs. The seams appear to be good and tight, the belt is good and the collar is complete with strap/rings and rear eyelets for a strap (not present). This jacket is unusual in having a yellow painted 'W' on the right breast. A good '+' early example that displays very well. Stock code J27356.
Approximate size, jacket zipped and laid flat: pit to pit 21-21.5", centre pit seam to cuff 20.5", shoulder seam to cuff 25", lower pit seam to waist 12.5", mid pit seam to waist 13.5", collar seam to waist 23.5".