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RAF Irvin flying jacket, wired

RAF Irvin flying jacket, wired

Code: J25401

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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 very good overall condition.  It is strong and flexible and has much of the original chromed finish.  There is some general wear and 3 small stitched repairs on the right arm that might need further strengthening if the buyer were intending to wear the jacket regularly.  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.  Sadly the umbilicals have been removed but it would be quite easy to reinstate them with some mock-ups (the correct plugs are available from us).  Very good short dense fur typical of early war jackets, honey coloured in the body with paler fur on the collar that has some wear along the upper edge.   The waist and cuff fur is generally very good.  The jacket retains original D-o-T zips, both sleeves retain leather puller tags.  The belt is complete but has quite a lot of surface wear with some nicks and 'lifting'.  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 a partially attached original label which is largely illegible.  Overall this is a very good example of these rare wired jackets.   It's good size and displays very well. 

Approximate measurements: pit to pit 24", centre seam of pit to cuff 23", shoulder seam to cuff 27", collar seam to waist 25.5". All taken with jacket laid flat and zipped.  Stock code J25401.