The L2-B Flying Jacket was issued in the US Airforce in 50s as a flying jacket intended to be worn in warmer climates and spring / summer. The jacket remained in service up until the late 70s and has became an iconic military jacket today. The bright orange lining dates this jacket no younger than 1964 and it was designed this way so that the jacket could be worn reversed if the wearer would be in a situation were one needed to be visible to attract attention. The zipper has a pull on each side to make it easier to close no matter what side you are wearing facing out.
This is a vintage original and unfortunately the text on the label in the pocket has faded with time so we can't reed the exact production year, but we would estimate that it was made in the mid to late 60s. As you can see on the picture the jacket has a 2 cm wide hole one the right chest and we were told by its previous owner that a falling cigarette unfortunately caused the damage. Since the jacket is made of nylon the edges are burnt and wont fray, and the hole could easily be repaired or covered with a patch but we will leave that decision to its next owner. There is also a small 3 mm hole on the side of the right arm that most likely was created at the same time, and just like the larger hole this also has burnt edges. You can see it in the pictures as well. The zipper is working but it can be a little tricky to close it so one will have to do it with a little bit of patience and caution. Other than that the jacket is in good shape for its age, it has been used a lot but it is in good shape.
Please note: Even if the jacket is labeled as a Large it is not a big jacket. Johan is 174 cm long and it is not a long jacket on him. These garments were intended to be worn by pilots seated in small cockpits so a longer jacket would just be uncomfortable to wear while operating the plane.
- Vintage 60's USAF L-2B Flying Jacket - Size Large - Ideal zipper - Two front pockets - Lined with orange nylon fabric - Knitted wool cuffs
All measurements are in centimeters and measured on a flat surface. Width is measured straight across the chest from armpit to armpit, length is measured at the back of the garment from the neck down and the sleeve length is measured on the underarm from the armpit to the end of the cuff.