USAAF B-7 winter flying jacket

USAAF B-7 winter flying jacket

Code: J27206

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Unknown manufacturer.  Measures approximately 23" pit to pit (46") so perhaps a 42" or 44".  The B-7 parka was developed in 1940 and standardized in June 1941 as an extreme coldweather jacket intended to protect air and groundcrews stationed in bitterly cold conditions.  Roughly hip length, it was manufactured in untreated natural 1.25" shearling and had a front zip concealed behind a buttoned wind flap fastened with braided cord loops.  Internal zipped pockets at the waist.  Chromed leather patch pockets on the front skirt.  Integral hood edged with wolf fur.  The shearling is in good overall condition, remarkably clean and very flexible.  That said, some of the rear binding tapes have been replaced (originals are beneath in some places) and there are various patches, notably on the upper section of the right arm and hood.  There is also some general 'thinning', a number of stitched repairs and the collar strap is a replacement (original on the buckle side).  The lining is good and the jacket retains all the original pockets, buttons and has original 'Reis' zip fasteners throughout, all in good working order (the main appears to be an original period replacement).  The B-7 jacket was only in production for about a year and is now one of the hardest USAAF items to find.  Most that do turn up are in catastrophically bad condition and are often very dirty.  This one certainly isn't perfect and wearing it is not recommended, but it remains a very rare good looking jacket that displays very well.  Stock code J272076.