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USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket
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USAF 1968 L-2B Flight Jacket

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Everyone who visits this site knows how much I love flight jackets, and you really can't get a more definitive pattern than the L-2B. Much lighter and (in my humble opinion) more wearable that it's MA-1 elder brother, the L-2B really is the archetypal jacket if you're into flight wear. And this is really the definitive version, when this jacket really came of age in the skies of Southeast Asia. So the story goes (and I may be wrong), in the late 50s Fruhauf Flying Apparel invented the rescue orange lining for its flight jackets. The Air Force had learnt hard lessons in Korea with the colours of jackets for downed pilots, and whilst green was great for not getting shot at, it also made it hard for rescuers to spot you. Earlier L2-B patterns had a green/brown silk lining, but in with this 1960 iteration the lining was changed to the now famous rescue orange, which could be flipped and reversed when the rescue chopper approached.  A military classic was born, and a design feature that would go on to become a punk, and eventually, streetwear icon.

This particular example, dated 1968 and manufacturer by Skyline, is in good shape with some wonderful patches. The original owner, a Lieutenant Thore was very likely a trainee pilot, learning to fly jets in the T-33 in the very late 1960s. Interesting, I found a photo of the squadron from around the same time with the same patch configuration, so there is a possibility that he's in there!

Condition

This is in used, but good shape. There are a few moth nips to the collar and waist, and a few small marks on the shell, but otherwise a great example.

Size

  • Tagged a size medium and fits true to size
  • Pit to pit 22"
  • Shoulder to shoulder 19"
  • Shoulder to cuff 24"
  • Collar to hem 24"