Part I of - Two Pillars of Leather Jackets: the Air Force A-2

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The Air Force A-2 is a Light Zone Jacket used where the temperatures would fall between 10ºC (50ºF) and 30ºC (86ºF), and is worn during a wide range of seasons from spring to early summer, and from autumn to early winter.

The A-2 is defined by the following features: a shoulder epaulette, a patch pocket with a front flap (so soldiers could not put their hand in their pockets as this was considered bad manners by the Air Force),
an outer flap that covers the zipper, and finally, the
backpiece is made fashionably by using one continuous piece of leather.

The A-2 was developed by the Army Air Forces in 1931 (The U.S. Air Force as we know it today existed as an airborne division of the Army until 1947). The material is made from cordovan (horse leather) and a fastener was adopted for the first time, unlike previous flight jackets (A-1, etc.) which used buttons.

Since the 1930’s, it has been loved and adored by many pilots and fans alike and unofficially dubbed, 「The King of Flight Jackets.」

The A-2 was so popular among pilots during World War II, that after the end of the war, pilots, knowing full well that the jackets needed to be returned to surplus, would report their jackets as 「lost」, just so that they could take them home as prized possessions.

Not only was the A-2 groundbreaking in its style, comfort, and sophisticated design, but also served as a token of service; the pride, and treasure of the brave Air Force pilots.