L017774 LEATHER FLIGHT JACKET. (Leder 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). Officer’s and certain senior NCO’s were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and were allotted a clothing allowance. Generally speaking officers bought nice quality, private purchase, uniform items but they could also choose to buy their uniforms directly from the military clothing depots. Besides the standard issue flight garments Luftwaffe personnel also utilized a wide variety of private purchase leather jackets in contradiction of regulations. These private purchase jackets appear to have been quite popular as they can be commonly seen in period photographs.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, non-regulation, multi-panel chocolate brown leather construction fully lined, waist length, flight jacket with a lay down collar. The jacket features a vertical, front, zipper closure. The jacket has two horizontal slash breast pockets with "Ritsch" zipper. The straight cut, non-adjustable, sleeves have a short vertical slash to the inside sleeve seams with a single snap closure to the cuffs. "Prym 6" snaps. Slip on loops and buttons for shoulder boards. Two loops over the right breast for the attachment of a metal breast eagle. All the snaps and the zipper still function. The jacket is roughly size 36" chest. 

GRADE ****                             PRICE $2,380.00

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