Jacket, Flying, Type A-2, United States Army Air Forces, Gen. Claire Chennault

Jacket, Flying, Type A-2, United States Army Air Forces, Gen. Claire Chennault

     

In 1938, the United States Air Corps issued an order to update and modify the Type A-1 flight jacket. The significant design changes of the jacket included replacing the button down front with a zipper and the knit collar with a leather drop fall collar. The new jacket was designated -- Type A-2. This jacket became associated with American pilots serving on every front during World War II and is still issued by the U.S. Air Force today. Many pilots and aircrews modified their jackets with custom artwork that depicted the name of their aircraft. These jackets are nick named "Painted Ladies" for the common practice of using the pinup girls for the aircraft's name and nose art.

Donated by Max Chennault

Physical Description:
Gen. Claire Chennault's United States Army Air Forces Type A-2 Flying Jacket; waist length seal brown horsehide jacket with brown knit wool cuffs and waist band; brass zipper down front; two front flap pockets with hidden snaps; stand and fall collar with snaps; brown rayon lining; shoulder straps; dark brown sewn in manufacturer's tag with embroidered gold text on inside collar (see inscriptions for full text); Blood Cit sewn on inside right side; 2 silver stars each epaulet; leather name tag over 14th Air Force insignia on left breast; China-Burma-India insignia on right shoulder.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Aero Leather Clothing Co.

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
World War II Aviation

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Flight Clothing

Materials
Overall: Horsehide
Cuffs and Waist Band: Knit Wool
Dimensions
Clothing: 71.1 x 50.8 x 15.2cm (28 x 20 x 6 in.)
Clothing Size: 42

In 1938, the United States Air Corps issued an order to update and modify the Type A-1 flight jacket. The significant design changes of the jacket included replacing the button down front with a zipper and the knit collar with a leather drop fall collar. The new jacket was designated -- Type A-2. This jacket became associated with American pilots serving on every front during World War II and is still issued by the U.S. Air Force today. Many pilots and aircrews modified their jackets with custom artwork that depicted the name of their aircraft. These jackets are nick named "Painted Ladies" for the common practice of using the pinup girls for the aircraft's name and nose art.

Donated by Max Chennault

Physical Description:
Gen. Claire Chennault's United States Army Air Forces Type A-2 Flying Jacket; waist length seal brown horsehide jacket with brown knit wool cuffs and waist band; brass zipper down front; two front flap pockets with hidden snaps; stand and fall collar with snaps; brown rayon lining; shoulder straps; dark brown sewn in manufacturer's tag with embroidered gold text on inside collar (see inscriptions for full text); Blood Cit sewn on inside right side; 2 silver stars each epaulet; leather name tag over 14th Air Force insignia on left breast; China-Burma-India insignia on right shoulder.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Aero Leather Clothing Co.

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
World War II Aviation

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Flight Clothing

Materials
Overall: Horsehide
Cuffs and Waist Band: Knit Wool
Dimensions
Clothing: 71.1 x 50.8 x 15.2cm (28 x 20 x 6 in.)
Clothing Size: 42

ID: A19781378000