Jacket, Flying, Southwest Airlines


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:


Southwest Airlines, 2000

Symbolic of Southwest Airlines’ casual efficiency, airline employees dress in comfortable clothes, a strategy meant to reduce fatigue, improve morale, and promote higher productivity. Southwest was the first airline to issue military-style leather flight jackets to its pilots.

Gift of Southwest Airlines

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Donated by Southwest Airlines


Overall: Leather


  • Clothing (On Mannequin): 70.5 × 64 × 20cm (27 3/4 × 25 3/16 × 7 7/8 in.)
  • Other (Sleeve Length): 60cm (23 5/8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Southwest Airlines Pilot's flying jacket; black leather exterior shell with black rayon lining; zipper down fron with wind flap; two lower flap pockets with slash hand pockets; rear arm pleats; shoulder epaulets with Captain's insignia; snap cuffs; lower elastic rear band; leather and velcro Command Pilot's badge on front with white emboridered wings and text "HERB KELLEHER SOUTHWEST AIRLINES"; embroidered Southwest Airlines winged logo on inside lining; manufactuerer's tag on inside collar; two inner zipper pockets; name tag embroidered on inside left breast pocket; leather manufacturer's tag on inside left pocket.



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