RAF Irvin flying jacket, wired

RAF Irvin flying jacket, wired

Code: J27731

£950.00 Approx $1175.74, €1103.37
 

Electrically Wired Thermally Insulated Flying Suit, Jacket.  Size unmarked but physically measures approximately 49” 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.  Originally this was 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 to excellent overall condition, appears to be strong, is very flexible and retains much of the original chromed finish.  There is a little general wear but no damage or repairs and all seams appear good and tight.  The wiring channels are in place but the loom and umbilical have been carefully stripped out.  It would be quite easy to reinstate the latter with some mock-ups if desired (the correct plugs are available from us).  Superb short dense honey coloured fur in the body.  Some wear around the edges of the collar and reasonably good fur at the cuffs and waist.  The jacket retains good original D-o-T zips, two with leather puller tags, and the waistbelt is complete and in good order.  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 unusually has been fitted with a single brass popper stud, carefully sewn in place at the right edge of the collar - we're not sure what this was used for.  A very good example of a wired Irvin in a large size.  Stock code J27731.

Approximate measurements: pit to pit 24.5", centre seam of pit to cuff 21.5", shoulder seam to cuff 25.5", centre seam of pit to waist 15.5", collar seam to waist 25".  All taken with jacket laid flat and zipped.