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Military aviation was first introduced during WWI. The need arose for pilots to wear special protective clothing to save them from the elements caused by flying in an exposed cockpit. This was the birth of the flight jacket and flight suits.

The item featured here is an example of the flight attire employed by the American armed forces.

The leather flight jacket was eliminated shortly after the Vietnam war. The reason given was the cost. It was too expensive to provide pilots with the jackets. Pilots continued to request the jackets and in 1991 they got their wish. A new version of the A2 flight jacket was revived.

Manufactured by Cooper, the A2 jacket had the same design as that used during WWII. Of leather construction. Two front pockets. A large orange tag provides a distintive signature for the jacket.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for US Military Flight jackets Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined areas that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my flight jacket worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the jacket is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the American military flight jackets in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The jacket has two tags. One is large and colorful while the second one is small with a white background and black letters.

The large tag ids of orange color. It has a set of silver wings with a sign above that reads COOPER. Just below the wings reads "Type A-2". The next set of information reads: "Under exclusive manufacturing by the Cooper Defense contract division. US Air Force".

The small tag contains the following information:

Type A-2
Size 38R
GAC 201-01-8101M
Cooper Sportswear Mfg. Co. Inc.
CSN #8716-01-8243400

This US flight jacket may be currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other US military flight jackets, you can do so by going to our The History of the American Flight Jacket identification and price guide.


The value for the US flight jackets and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Value $180.00 $200.00 $235.00 $250.00 $260.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B B B

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