Glenn Miller also procured and wore them. In the s a baseball style bomber jacket became popular.
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Teenagers often enjoy customizing their own bomber jackets with their favorite colors and own initials to represent themselves. With the global trend of hip hop in recent years, bomber jackets have become an essential fashion item that includes varied design elements.
And from the silhouette, colors, materials used and decorative details, there is a trend of adding the elements of femininity into bomber jackets. The bomber jacket originates from military clothing which trickled down into subcultures such as punk and has recently made its way into high fashion.
The military bomber jacket was made to be versatile for functionality as it was a lightweight jacket that kept soldiers warm. The B jacket consisted of a fur collar made of cotton which was later changed to nylon after since it was considered more suitable because it is water resistant and kept perspiration out Cruz, Bombers appeared in Europe during the late s and in , the jackets were popularized by European Air Forces and eventually the commercial consumer. Subcultures picked up on the stylish jacket and established it as part of their uniform such as the British skinheads in the late s.
Notably in , Kensuke Ishizu established his brand VAN that gave Japanese youth culture stylish clothing not found locally such as oxford shirts and slim trousers.
The silhouette of the bomber jacket has not altered a lot compared to the original, although it has an athletic and masculine silhouette with a fitted waist and more generous fit, like the bulky sleeves and extra pockets so as to be functional. The bomber jacket trend inspired a vast majority of fashion designers to reinterpret and revisit the silhouette of menswear today.
The bomber jacket is a neutral fashion item with no limitations when it comes to genders, ages or styles.
Shapes of the bomber jackets are modified into dress-like jackets or even one-piece dresses. Due to high altitudes and breakneck speeds in less advanced airplanes compared to modern day, Royal Flying Corps in Belgium and France started to wear heavy leather flying jackets in the s as leather was considered as the heaviest and strongest material for jackets.
The A2 which was released by the US Army Air Corps was made with high wraparound collars, cinched cuffs and waists, and zipper closures protected by wind flaps and fur linings and had a high durability. Materials of the bomber jacket are continuously changed each season to bring unconventional styles that cater to customer's needs. Not only do designers use leather and wool, but fabrics such as silk, neoprene, satin and gauze are used.
Decorative elements like ruffles , embroidered patchwork, lace-ups are also added on the bomber jackets, making them an essential fashion item that comes in a variety of colors, fabrications, and styles. Bomber jackets originally appeared in a midnight blue hue, which was later switched to a sage green after the Korean and Vietnamese wars since it was easier for soldiers to camouflage themselves amongst the forests or countryside during the s.
Bomber jackets became popular in the non-military audience in the late s to s, especially when the English punks and skinheads started taking over the trend and changed the color into burgundy in order to distinguish themselves and their bomber jackets from the original military flight jackets.
Brown is also a classic color for leather flight jackets. Due to the popularity of the jacket, both high street and high end brands have designed the bomber jacket in a variety of hues. Other than the standard navy blue, army green and black, the bomber can be found in pastel tones such as baby pink, blue, mint, or even gold and silver. Bomber jackets became a popular fashion trend and statement during Autumn due to celebrity support. The timeless piece was mass-produced due to the versatility of the jacket, most fast fashion stores released the style through manipulation of different materials and silhouettes.
An example is the long bomber, an alternative to the classic trench coat for Winter. Being able to look effortlessly stylish and put together is a big selling point. Due to the history behind the bomber jacket, a sense of nostalgia of the s era is brought back from the popularity of TV shows and films showing similar jackets worn by jocks. The popular outerwear jacket is not discriminative to gender, standard, class or age. In certain ETO units and possibly elsewhere a prerogative of the fighter ace was a red satin lining which was added on confirmation of his fifth aerial kill.
Early wartime pictures show entire bomber crews outfitted with A-2s, although at altitude in a bomber they probably weren't too useful. The pilot and copilot had primitive cabin heat on some aircraft and would wear the A-2, while the rest of the bomber crew usually wore heavier fleece-lined Type B-3 or ANJ-4 and later B-9 and B parkas which were warmer and better suited to long hours in the severe cold.
However, period photos do show A-2s worn by crew underneath heavy outer garments, and candid on-base photos often show crewmen of all ranks in A-2s. A warm and comfortable mouton collar was an addition authorized in mountainous C-B-I commands.
Throughout the War, as the A-2's popularity grew, so too did the demand for it. Only aircrewmen could obtain A-2 jackets through regular channels, although a few celebrated nonflying officers like Gens. MacArthur and Patton and Maj. Glenn Miller also procured and wore them. A small "cottage industry" soon appeared, especially in England, to make Astyle jackets for GI's including many airborne infantry troops who otherwise couldn't get one.
This was especially true after the Army stopped purchasing new leather jackets in mid, and disappointed airmen were sent to war in the less desirable cloth jackets, or were unable to replace A-2's they had lost or damaged. As a result, some war-era jackets used by World War II airmen are clearly not true to original AAF specifications, though this makes them no less historic. Original wartime issued A-2 jackets are rare but not unavailable. Tens of thousands were issued from through the vast majority in , and some old stock jackets may have been issued even into the late s long after Type A-2 was discontinued as standard AAF equipment.
The value of such originals range widely depending on condition, known history, patches and artwork, and even size. In other words, an original size 42 might be closer to a modern 40 or even a 38, depending on the manufacturer. No fewer than fifty are on display at any time throughout the Museum, including many historic jackets such as Brig.
With the exception of a very brief period from to early the U. Navy never stopped issuing its G-1 leather flying jackets to Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard flight crews. This meant that an entire generation of Air Force pilots and flight crews had missed out on an opportunity not lost to their Naval comrades.
Years of effort by U. Air Force personnel to get the A-2 jacket reissued finally succeeded when the Air Force began issuing them again in , a decision that may have been influenced by the popularity of the film " Top Gun ", and the military apparel it popularized.
The modern Air Force A-2 is authorized for wear by Air Force aircrews, Missileers, and space operations personnel who have completed their mission qualifications. The latest design differs from the original design in several ways: The official explanation for this is that the paint is flammable and could pose a fire hazard.
The goatskin used in today's A-2 is treated with a special fire retardant chemical. No patches are permitted to be sewn directly onto the jacket as they were during World War II. Side entry pockets were added to the patch pockets and inside wallet pockets were added. The fit was enlarged via extra pieces under the arms and on the sides. The neck clasp was also eliminated. These modifications were previously carried out by the member themselves at popular places around the world like Pop's Leather in Turkey, or in the numerous shops in Korea.
Now that these modifications are part of the official issue, only " Blood Chits " and other internal linings are added by the aircrew themselves. In Avirex was again awarded a contract to make A-2 jackets. This means that all materials used in the jacket must be of American origin. Goat skins used are required to have been born and bred in the U. All jackets made by Cooper Sportswear, and the jackets made by Avirex in , were made of goatskin imported from Pakistan.
Just as a cottage industry appeared during the war to meet the need for A-2 jackets, so too does such an industry still exist today.
Because the A-2 never went out of style, production of it never really ceased. Over the years it has varied in style and accuracy relative to the original war-era design, but it has remained visible in popular movies and TV shows of the s and s. In the mids several small companies catering to purists began undertaking the job of designing and constructing somewhat authentic reproductions. Duplicating wartime patterns, often obtained through "reverse engineering" from dissected originals, but using incorrect hides that are veg tanned and aniline dyed, originals were chrome tanned and pigment dyed, all-cotton thread, and even actual the World War II-era-old stock Talon zippers, they have effectively recreated a wartime-era jacket that can be worn daily without fear of damaging a valuable original.
Some manufacturers have even gone so far as to reproduce the particular details of specific World War II A-2 production contracts. A-2s made today by U. Air Force contract manufacturers tend to fit younger, fitter men with v-shaped torsos, and some former pilots have found that their old A-2s no longer fit them.
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