Rare Early 1940's M422A USN Brown Leather Flight Jacket - S
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Excellent early 1940's USN M4zz-a Flying Jacket
The G1 was designed in the late 1930s, taking elements of the Army Air Force’s own flying jacket, the A2, and adding slight alterations that would distinguish it from the Army’s version.
These details included a fur collar, button flap front pockets plus a bi-swing back panel to allow movement. The first incarnation was called the M422 followed in 1941 by the M422a. Both of these flight jackets featured a rust or dark brown moulton collar, goatskin leather, two front button flap pockets and of course its classic short body. The jacket was strictly for US Navy aviators but also found its way to a very select group of American gung-ho pilots, the American Volunteer Group. Most famously recognised as The Flying Tigers who have since been immortalised by cinema, books and comics. The Tigers were fighting in China, Burma and India just weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbour and attracted pilots from the Army, Marines and Navy. The Tiger’s early patronage of the M422a jacket ensured that it had already begun carving itself out as a legend in the making.
Now here's your chance to own an amazing original, early version. This jacket though has seen a bit of action, see below, but the leather is in very good shape still, with no sign of weakening. Jacket could be worn as is or simply by fixing the zip you're good to go!
The jacket features original name tag and of course the USN stamp to back collar. This is a real peach of a jacket!!
Condition issues as below-
Damage to ribbed waistband.
Slight fur damage to collar.
|Chest (flat garment) - (inches)||40|
|Length - (inches)||24|
|Sleeve - (inches)||23|
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