L015581 WINTER FLIGHT JACKET. (Flieger-Jacke)

BACKGROUND: Development of protective flight uniforms and equipment began with the advent of military aircraft in WWI and continued on into the Weimar and the Third Reich eras, resulting in three distinct one-piece combination pattern flight suits being approved before WWII and worn for the duration of the war. Regulations of July 4TH 1940 and April 24TH 1941 introduced two piece protective flight suits for fighter pilots designed to increase the wearers mobility and not be as restrictive in the close confines of a cockpit. The two piece flight suits consist of separate jacket and pants and was commonly referred to as the "Kanalanzug", (Channel Uniform).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, multi-panel Luftwaffe blue/grey leather and, brushed leather, (suede), construction fully lined, waist length, winter flight jacket with a large, chocolate brown fleece, lay down collar. The jacket features a vertical, front, zipper closure with dual, "Prym", snap closures at the horizontal laid, ribbed cotton twill, waistline and a small, extended, horizontal leather tab with a snap closure at the neckline. The predominantly suede jacket has a leather panel to the left breast with a diagonally angled, slash patch pocket. The right breast has a vertical, dual loop, leather strap, running parallel to the zipper closure, designed for securing the oxygen mask hose. The jacket has two diagonally angled slash pockets with an extended leather tab with a single snap closure positioned just above the waistline. The straight cut, non-adjustable, sleeves have a vertical slash with a zipper closure to the inside sleeve seams and a small extended horizontal leather tab with a single snap closure to the cuffs. The reverse of the large lay down collar has the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching. The reverse of the collar also has a long extended, horizontal leather tab with dual snaps under the left collar with a corresponding metal "D" ring under the right collar to provide a secure neck closure in inclement weather. The interior of the jacket is fully lined in natural white lambs fleece. The interior sleeves also have ribbed grey cotton twill "storm-cuffs", with dual snap fit adjustments. The interior waistband has a tunnel looped fit adjustment strap with a opened rectangular natural aluminum gripper buckle positioned at either side of the front zipper closure. The jacket is roughly size 42" chest. Perfect example, all untouched original condition. Rbnr# marked. Nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $1,495.00

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