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Type A-1 Jacket

Good Wear Type A-1 1930s Army Air Corps Jacket » Russet brown capeskin

This jacket is a reproduction of a Type A-1 flight jacket. The Army Air Corps first issued these jackets on November 7th, 1927, and they were non-standard after May 9th, 1931, being replaced by Type A-2 jackets. The stock was finally exhausted during WWII. These jackets were made with capeskin, and examples seen are almost always brown, rather than the olive drab stated on spec sheets.

Our version of this iconic jacket is of our own design, not based on a specific original. Our inspiration for this pattern is the jacket seen in Suit Up! The Flight Jacket, though with our own overall design and some of our own details. Original Type A-1 jackets were made by a number of contractors, and design details vary as widely as original A-2 jackets.

There were several iterations of details seen on originals. Earlier jackets had buttons at the base of the waistband, and later jackets incorporated Line 24 large ring snaps. The design of the pockets from one maker to another is also quite interesting. The pockets were often rather small in proportion to the jackets, and some had two parallel stitch lines on the body and flap as Navy jackets are made, while others only had a single stitch line, or double only on the flap. Sleeve seams show two common designs, one being a triple-stitched cut seam, and another being a basic rolled seam. We've chosen the former.

Our jacket is made from vegetable–tanned domestic capeskin. This leather will exhibit wear easily, which gives it a broken-in vintage look in a short period of time. Please note that capeskin is lighter and softer than horsehide, so our Type A-1 will be extremely comfortable and won't need a break-in period for it to wear with ease.

Details of this contract:
  • russet veg–tanned aniline dyed domestic capeskin
  • comfortable body design
  • knit collar, cuffs, and waistband
  • two–piece back panel
  • three–piece sleeves with triple–stitching
  • dull orange 100% cotton sateen lining
  • dull reddish or mid-brown 100% cotton thread
  • horn buttons with swir1s of brown
  • bone backing buttons
  • snaps at base of waistband
This jacket is quite comfortable and looks athletic and sharp.

»  Click here for photographs of a size 44 Type A-1 jacket made with russet brown domestic capeskin.

Available sizes: 36 – 48 only.

Type A-1 jacket: domestic capeskin $1,299.00 USD
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