Aeronautical Clothing British
Stock No. 3684
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RAF Irvin Flying Jacket - Click for the bigger picture

RAF Irvin Flying Jacket

On offer is an original RAF jacket dating to 1945. We purchased it directly from the family of the original wartime owner and it has never been offered on the collectors' market before. Despite the late war date, this is a high quality large panel example as opposed to most later examples which were a bit like a patchwork quilt! The reason for this is that it was originally a heated jacket issued to bomber crews. The wiring loom and plugs were removed post war like so many but this has been extremely well done. We have had the main zip replaced due to damage with a replica Lightning example while the sleeve zips are the original Dot manufacture. The exterior leather has normal service wear and a very nice patina. The collar details are all correct as is the waist belt and of course no pockets are fitted! Inside the jacket carries an original broad arrow marked and dated label and while the size is no longer discernable, it appears to be a 40"-42" chest. It features the characteristic short fur lining of an early jacket and other than one repair patch to the inner storm flap, is really in top condition. While we hesitate to offer originals for regular wear, this one used with care, could well be strong enough for the occasional outing