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by Aniel Bakhru August 11, 2023 4 min read

Flight jackets have been around in the industry for almost a century now. Nowadays, they are also called bomber jackets. 

The concept of flight jacket dates back to World War 2. These jackets were specially designed for pilots and military personnel to provide warmth and protection during war. The US Army Aviation Clothing Board was the first institute to manufacture bombing jackets. 

However, the flight jackets have evolved over the years. Today, these bomber jackets are not just an iconic piece of clothing for aviation enthusiasts, but a cool, casual outfit for almost anyone and everyone. 

From vintage bomber jackets to modern flight suits and classic jackets, there are different types of jackets available, each having its unique style and features. 

This blog will take you through the history, design cultural impact of flight jackets, and tips on how to take care of and maintain them. 

History of Flight Jackets

  • A1 Jacket
    The A1 jacket was the first flight jacket introduced in 1927. It was made of horsehide leather and featured a knit collar, cuffs and waistband. 
  • A2 Jacket
    Introduced in the mid-1930s and 1940s, A2 bomber jackets were made of both horsehide and goatskin leather. These were lightweight jackets with a knit collar, cuffs, waistbands, sturdy zippers and snap-down pockets. 
  • B3 Jacket
    The term “bomber jackets” came to us with the launch of B3 jackets. Made with a combination of sheep skin and thick sheep fur, B3 jackets were designed to keep people warm even at an altitude as high as 25,000 feet. 
  • MA-1 Jacket
    Introduced in the 1950s, the MA-1 jacket was a preferred choice for civilians and military personnel. The bomber jacket was made of nylon. It could be worn on both sides. Pilots could wear it either on the green side for camouflage or the orange side for better visibility in emergency situations. 
  • B-15 Jacket
    The B-15 jacket now comes with a pen pocket on the left upper arm. It also has ribbed cuffs and a waistband to prevent the cold. It is a versatile jacket that can be worn for both professional and fashion purposes. 

Features of Flight Jackets

  • A Symbol of Fashion
    Today, flight jackets come in a variety of designs, colours and materials, making them an ultimate statement of fashion. Whether you want to dress up in formals or look for cool attire to match your denim jeans, flight jackets can now be worn on any occasion and by everyone. 
  • Highly Functional
    The beauty of a flight jacket is not just in its looks and aesthetics but also its functionality. Featuring multiple pockets to hold stationery items and documents, waistbands and ribbed cuffs to prevent the cold, and zippered front for ease of use;  flight jackets are a highly functional piece of clothing. 
  • High Durability
    Flights jackets are typically made of durable leather material and nylon that can withstand the regular wear and tear that happens while flying or in any other outdoor activity. There is a double layer of stitching which reinforces the seams and prevents them from coming apart. 
  • Great Design
    Flight jackets are known for their timeless design, which never goes out of style. The MA-1 jacket with a bright orange lining, the A2 jacket with a unique collar design and the classic design that is even relevant today. The iconic designs of flight jackets are recognisable and will stay so even for years to come. 
  • Easy to Care & Maintain
    Wash them in a machine and tumble dry or wipe them clean with a damp cloth. You can easily wash these jackets n your own with no professional laundry charges. 
  • Comfortable & Convenient
    Made of lightweight material, bomber jackets have a perfect fitting, enabling the pilots and crew members to freely move around. These jackets also feature an insulated lining, which keeps you warm in colder temperatures. Hence, these jackets keep you comfortable and also offer increased convenience. 

Types of Flight Jackets Relevant Today

  • CWU-45/P Jacket
    The full form is Cold Weather Uniform Type - 45/P These are modern jackets widely used today and made of nylon or polyester. It has a front zipper closure and several pockets for storage. Infused with a layer of synthetic insulation, it keeps you warm in cold weather conditions. The sleek and modern design of this jacket makes it an ultimate choice for fashion-conscious individuals. 
  • G1 Jacket
    G1 jacket is one of the most popular flight jackets in history. It even remains popular today in the US aviation sector. It has a unique shape, tapered waist, front zipper closure and front pockets to keep a wallet or smartphone. The timeless design of this jacket makes it perfect for pilots, fashion enthusiasts, and military personnel alike. 
  • L-2B Flight Jacket
    The L-2B flight jacket is a lightweight bomber jacket made of nylon fabric. From conventional military shades like green and navy blue to contemporary bright colours like brown and grey, it comes in a range of attractive colour options. L2-B jacket is a preferred choice amongst streetwear and fashion enthusiasts. 

Flight Jackets by BomCrewMall

At Bomcremall, we take pride in offering top-quality flight jackets that are stylish and durable. We offer flight jackets in a range of colours and sizes. All our products adhere met the highest quality standards. 

Not just flight jackets, we also offer other aviation-inspired clothing and accessories. From flight jackets and pilot shirts to bags and ID holders, we offer a range of functional and fashionable accessories. 

We are committed to offering top-notch quality and customer satisfaction. 

Aniel Bakhru
Aniel Bakhru

Aniel Bakhru is the visionary behind Bomcrewmall, a company that has revolutionized the pilot uniform industry with its bespoke Made 2 Measure pilot Uniform Shirts and pilot Leather Jackets. With over 30 years of experience, Aniel has a deep understanding of the needs and preferences of pilots when it comes to their uniforms. He has taken into account the valuable inputs from pilots to design a process for making shirts and jackets that not only look sharp but also fit like a glove. He realises the importance of quality and supply chain. If spoken like a “Cook”, he would say bomcrewmall cooks its own raw materials, fabric and leathers (from looms and tannery) with his own secret recipes. His interest in fashion and design led him to explore the world of uniform making, which ultimately led to the birth of Bomcrewmall. He firmly believes that a well-designed pilot shirt and jacket can not only enhance the professional image of a pilot but also boost their confidence.

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