US AIR FORCE L-2B FLIGHT JACKET -
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.
This is a US Air Force flight jacket. Type L-2B. Of nylon construction. Dated 1977. Two
front pockets which are slanted. The rank is placed in the shoulder area and is covered with
clear plastic. With a white tag and black lettering.
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.
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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 a full color patch. It is the "Military Airlift Command" patch
in the breast area.
The tag contains the following information:
Jacket, Flyer's, Man, Light zone L2-B
MIL-J-7448J Size: medium
Stock Number: 8415-00-817-0598
DSA100-77-c-0814 DTD, 1 March 1977
Alpha Industries Inc.
Lining: 34% wool 66% Acetate
Dry Clean Only
The zipper is of aluminum construction. It is manufactured by Scoyill. It has a
leather pull-tab attached to it.
This US flight jacket may be currently
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
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The History of the American Flight Jacket
identification and price guide.