RAF Irvin flying jacket
Thermally Insulated Flying Suit, Jacket. Physically measures approximately 44” so should be suitable for around a 40” chest. This example is of four-panel front and rear construction. The leather is a little dry but in good '+' overall condition retaining much of the original chromed finish and flexibility. There is some loss of colour and abrasion on the arms/shoulders, general creasing, plus a couple of small 'punctures' on the lower front right panel. These appear to have been carefully glued and are not particularly obvious. In addition there is a small hole under the right armpit. Unusually for a British jacket this has 'artwork' in the form of initials 'F.R.' in a circle on the left breast. The jacket seems to be reasonably strong and the binding seams appear good and tight. Very good dense fur lining with much still remaining at the waist and cuffs. The jacket retains original Air MInistry marked 'D-o-T' zips throughout, all complete with leather puller tabs. All function but the main one has damage to the tape approximately half way up (please see relevent photograph). This can be fastened with care but would need replacing if intending to use. The belt is complete and in good condition. This jacket has a chain hanger and collar strap / rings. The collar is also fitted with collar strap eyelets. Overall, a good '+' used example and a super display piece. Stock code J23358.