The Type A-2 leather flight jacket is an American clothing and design
classic. While the A-2 is most closely associated with World War II,
its active life began with standardization in 1931. Often referred to
today as a "bomber" jacket, its official designation was as "Jacket,
Pilot's (summer)" and its usage was restricted to neither pilots nor
The A-2 maintains a strong presence to this day due to its rugged
simplicity and to an undying aura of triumph and tradition. The
collectibility of original A-2's is a worldwide phenomenon and is
reflected in the steep prices many are willing to pay for them. Besides,
an A-2 just flat out looks cool.
This primer is written for those who want to know more about the A-2 and
can't seem to find much in the way of reference material. This is not an
exhaustive study by any means but it does cover many details and topics
which may often be overlooked. A bibliography is provided for further
As a further matter of clarification, readers should be aware that
this treatment deals specifically with the original A-2 of the 1930's
and 1940's and not the modern version.
The jackets pictured for reference in this document are original A-2
jackets including those made by Aero, Bronco, Poughkeepsie, Rough Wear,
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