The classic, the iconic, the original. So many words that can describe the MA-1. Whilst the MA-1 was an evolution of the B-15, it was really in this guise that the nylon flight jacket found it's fame. The MA-1 was really a natural successor to the B-15 series. As the planes became smaller and faster, helmets became commonplace, and fitting a helmet with the heavy fur collar became difficult. Many of the later B-15 models would have the fur removed and become the much sought after B-15 MOD, but in the mid fifties, the Air Force made the change permanent with the MA-1.
This particular example is a 1961 dated early C model (MIL-J_8279C), the first contract made with the now ubiquitous orange lining, made by Skyline Clothing. It's patched and named to a Lieutenant Brinson, who flew B-52s with the 91st Bombardment Wing, then part of Strategic Air Command (SAC). The 91st was something of a famous unit, having been the group with which the Memphis Belle flew during WW2. Reclassified as a reconnaissance wing in 1948 it flew B-29s in Korea before being deactivated in 1958. The Air Force wanted to ensure the lineage of historic bomb wings, and it was reactivated from 1960-68 flying B-52s. The wing would fly nuclear alert missions, and deploy to Vietnam in 1966-67 as part of Operation Arc Light.
This is in practically perfect condition, and looks only lightly worn. The knits are absolutely perfect, the only issue is a very light mark to the nylon on the front, but this will likely wash out. It even includes an original pencil and the pen tips in the sleeve pocket!
- Tagged a size XL
- Fits and modern large to XL
- Pit to pit 25"
- Shoulder to shoulder 19"
- Shoulder to cuff 25"
- Collar to hem 25"