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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.

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.

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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  2. Materials of construction
  3. Jacket markings
  4. Buying US flight jackets
  5. Perspective View

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 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 $75.00 $100.00 $110.00 $120.00 $130.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B A A A

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