Designed to supersede the earlier issued leather and sheepskin jackets, which were bulky and expensive to produce the B-10 was first standardized for service in July 1943, though not seen in combat till 1944.
The B-10 was part of a new generation of flight jackets comprising of a cotton outer shell and alpaca wool lining which proved to be exceedingly popular by those who received them. Much lighter in weight than the previous ‘intermediate zone’ jacket such as the A-2 and B-6 these jackets were more versatile and provided a better range of movement in the small cramped cockpits of WW2.
The fine weave polished twill 100% cotton shell is as exact as you can fine on ww2 originals being and specific only to the B-10 designation, this shell was custom made by Eastman to produce the right weight and finish of this light but durable cotton. The Alpaca lining offers incredible insulation and warmth, woven to the USAAF specs of 1943, and died deep brown mouton fur collar cut to the correct shape as the originals. These jackets are easy to wear, with a handy internal pocket lacking on the A-2 and two external buttoned patch pockets keeping a similar trim construction and shape from previous jackets but utilizing the benefits of the lighter and more modern textiles of the time becoming available. A perfect jacket for Autumn, Winter and Spring and a appealing classic shape.
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