RAF Irvin Flying Jacket
Physically measures approx. 44"Â around the chest so should be OK for around a 40â€ chest.Â This is the version with the painted yellow hood popular with Airgunners and Coastal Command crews flying in more exposed conditions. Â Four panel front and rear construction. Â The leather is inÂ very good overall condition retaining muchÂ of the original chromed finish and good flexibility. There are no tears/repairs to the panelsÂ but there is fairly minor surface wear andÂ crazing and slight thinning at the shoulders.Â Â The hood retains excellent original paintwork and flexibility. Interesting faded artwork on the left breast, unfortunately this is difficult to make out but may be some squadron 'mascot' - an eagle holding a bomb orÂ a hornet perhaps?Â Original brass D-o-TÂ zips at the centre and left arm. The right arm zip tape is completeÂ but the slider is missing -Â Â easy to replaceÂ if you have a spare one. ExcellentÂ mid length slightly shaggy dense brown fur lining. Â This is still very good atÂ the waist and bothÂ cuffs.Â Â The jacket hasÂ the original belt andÂ labelÂ with War Department broad arrow and clear 1944 date. Â The jacket would benefit from leather dressingÂ but is essentially a veryÂ good example. Â Other measurements : all are approximate and taken externally with jacket laid flat and zipped. Â Chest 42-44", 21" waist, 24 " from rear collar/neck seam to waist, 24" from shoulder seam to cuff, 12/13" from armpit to waist. Â Stock code J19737.