Jacket, Flight, Irvin Type, RAF
Genuine WWII British flying jacket, of the Irvin type issued to the Royal Air Force. Officially adopted in 1938 by the Air Ministry under designation 22C/98, along with matching trousers (22C/99), this jacket was constructed from heavy sheepskin with thick fleece inner lining and outer hide coated in brown waterproof dye. It soon became popular with aircrews, particularly fighter pilots, due to the warmth and comfort provided in flight. However, from 1943 onwards, it was officially made available to bomber crews only because of its high cost of production.
This jacket features a nice leather patina and a well preserved fleece; all zips in working order. No visible markings.