The Air Force’s A-2 flight jacket and the Navy’s G-1 flight jacket are the two American flight jackets with the most heritage. The original A-2 was discontinued after twelve years by General “Hap” Arnold because he wanted “something better,” but the A-2 is now the most recognizable and coveted flying jacket in America.
The G-1, created by the U.S. Navy to be similar to the A-2 of the Air Corps, served until 1978, when the U.S. Congress decided to terminate it because of its enormous popularity and the strain it was putting on the Navy’s supply system. They were popular as emblems of courage, adventure, and flair. Hollywood productions like Top Gun significantly increased G-1 sales and turned bomber jackets into sought-after fashion accessories.
Shearling jackets, which were once lined with fur, are known for being the warmest flight jackets, along with the A-2 and G-1 jackets. This coat was warm enough to keep Lt. John A. Macready warm when he set a world record in April 1921 by flying his open-cockpit aeroplane to a height of 40,000 feet, even after the fur was swapped out for wool. Styles range from the B-3 “bomber jacket” to the M-445, the shearling jacket used by the United States Navy. Aviator Jacket were and still are a staple in the military. General Hap Arnold’s 1942 rejection of the A-2 jacket gave these coats their initial boost in popularity. The cotton twill B-series and the standardised U.S. Navy jacket, the CWU-series, are among the available designs. Today, army enthusiasts wear and collect both synthetic and shearling jackets, but neither has the same historical significance as the G-1 or the A-2.
The MA-1, a now-outdated U.S. military jacket that is primarily found in sage green, is the jacket that is most commonly associated with flight jackets today. Although previous models had a sage-green lining and the specification tag on the neck area, it is constructed of flight silk nylon and often has a blaze orange lining with the specification tag in the pocket. It features two front slanted flap pockets, two interior pockets, and a left sleeve zipped pocket with pen holders. The original L2 and L2A jackets were replaced by the L-2B flight jacket, a lighter weight variant of the MA-1. All three of these jackets are different from the MA-1 in that they had snap-down epaulettes and no interior pockets. The CWU-45P (for colder weather) and CWU-36P (for warmer weather) are the two types of Nomex flight jackets that are currently in use by the military.
In the 1970s and 1990s, scooterboys and skinheads became more and more accustomed to wearing flight jackets. In the 1980s, a bomber jacket with a baseball motif became fashionable. A flight uniform jacket served as the United States’ “national costume” at the APEC meeting in Seattle, Washington, in 1993.[Needs citation] In the early 2000s, the bomber jacket was a mainstay of hip-hop style. Numerous police departments across the nation have chosen the jacket because of its tough design and strong insulation. The flight jacket is a prominent staple of celebrities like Kanye West and has seen a resurgence in favour in street fashion in the 2010s.