Buzz RICKSONS Type2 American Pad & Textile Co.
Size 38,40, 42
|38(M)||Shoulder 48.0cm, Pit to Pit||59.0cm, Back||61.0cm, Arm||62.0cm|
|40(L)||Shoulder 50.5cm,||Pit To Pit 62.0cm,||Back 64.0cm,||Arm 63.0cm|
|42(XL)||Shoulder 52.0cm,||Pit to Pit 64.0cm,||Back 65.0cm,||Arm 64cm|
Material: 3/1 Heavy Nylon Twill
Lining: 50% wool 50% Nylon double face brushed
Oxygen Clip Tab:Horse Hide
Label: Amercina Pad% Textile Co
The US Army Air Corps tested various materials to solve the problems of the A2 summer flight jacket ( expensive, difficult mass production etc). The Type L2 jacket, a flight jacket intended for use in the light zone ( climates between 10 C and 30 C ) was complete in May 1945 by adopting the nylon fabric that DuPont developed in 1939. This new material and design without the collar became the basic style that largely transformed the flight jackets.
The Type L2 jacket comes with a leather boxed tab for attaching the oxygen mask clip and is lined withe a double faced fabric compromised of nylon and will for smoothness and warmth
Possibly the most rare of all the U. S. Air Force nylon flying jackets, the Type L-2 Light Flight Jacket specification dates back to 1945, with production spanning the years 1947- 1949. The lightweight construction, comfortable non-bulky warmth and natural good looks made this style and instant success with aircrew at bases around the world. The L-2 Flight Jacket was superseded by the newer L-2A Flight Jacket specification (made in U.S. Air Force blue) in 1950. Both the L-2 Flight Jacket and L-2A Flight Jacket saw action in history’s first jet-on-jet air battles of the Korean War, and although the final variant, the L-2B Flight Jacket, entered service well before the Viet Nam War, it was not uncommon to find an old veteran still wearing his L-2 Flying Jacket into the 1960s. Throughout its evolution, the L-2 Flight Jacket remained a favorite amongst airmen and anyone who could get their hands on one.