RAF Irvin flying jacket, wired
Electrically Wired Thermally Insulated Flying Suit, Jacket. Physically measures approximately 48” so should be suitable for around a 42 - 44” 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. Short umbilical cords 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 (5c/2202). The leather is in reasonably good overall condition. It is generally strong and flexible and has some of the original chromed finish, particularly at the back. There is general wear and abrasion and more notably, a patch on the upper section of the right arm/shoulder. This has been inset under the binding seams/tapes and an attempt has been made to blend the lower edges with the existing leather (see photographs). Another smaller patch on the elbow of the same arm has similar treatment. The Irvin has clearly been dressed relatively recently (probably with Pecard) and is slightly tacky in places but this can be wiped off and will soak in/dry off anyway. All seams appear good and tight. 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 of the umbilicals are present but we believe these have been reinstated using original plugs and leather. Very good short dense fur typical of early war jackets. The collar facing, waist and cuff fur is also good but some re-trimming has been done. The jacket retains original D-o-T zips, each with a leather puller tag. The belt is complete and in good condition and the collar is fitted with fastening strap/rings and has eyelets to the rear for the elastic 'collar strap' (not present). The jacket has a chain hanger and an original Air Ministry marked label but the latter appears to have been tacked into the lining recently. Overall this is a reasonably good example of these rare wired jackets. It is a decent size and will display very well. Further photographs available on request.
Approximate measurements : pit to pit 24", pit to cuff 22.5", collar seam to waist 24.5". All taken with jacket laid flat and zipped.
Stock code J23323.