USAAF B-15A flying jacket

USAAF B-15A flying jacket

Code: J26136

£425.00 Approx $508.37, €491.33
 

By Reed Products.  Size 40R.  Physically measures around 46" chest & 38" waist externally so 40R is probably accurate.  1945 contract number.  The B-15 was standardised in April 1944 and differs from the earlier B-10 in having an 'offset' zip and concealed slash pockets.  The B-15A, standardised in November 1944, introduced further small modifcations with triangular leather tabs sewn on each side of the chest and small fabric loops sewn on close to each armpit, secured with lift-the-dot fasteners.  The tabs allowed the clip of portable oxygen bottles to be safely attached and the loops kept the airman's avionics out of harm's way.  The olive drab cotton material is generally in good condition. There is fairly light soiling / stains that are most visible on the front panels.  Small frayed areas / holes can be seen, most notably on the right sleeve with further damage/repairs near the cuff.  A fairly neat but very obvious patch can be seen on the back of the left arm near the cuff.  It might be possible to achieve neater repairs.  Both knitted wristlets have some damage/wear as shown but the waistband remains good.  The jacket retains its original brass Talon zip complete with leather puller tag.  The alpaca pile lining is very good and the mouton 'fur' collar itself is excellent, beautifully soft and complete with strap/flap and buttons.  The jacket is labelled and also has a fading AAF decal in the lining.  These jackets are getting very rare to find now and this is a good solid example.  Stock code J26136.

Approximate measurements : pit to pit 23", waist at top of knitted band 38", pit to cuff 18.5"