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Brown aviator leather jacket

*IWM Exclusive

Take to the skies with this IWM Exclusive 100% leather, brown aviator leather jacket. Based on the classic design aviator jackets worn by pilots during World War II. 

During the first half of the twentieth-century propeller driven aircraft grew ever more sophisticated and pilots could reach greater and greater altitudes. With increased altitude pilots found themselves flying in temperatures that were often sub-zero. As a result of this, new flyer jackets were invented during the Inter-war period and flight jacket design evolved alongside aviation advancements. During the Second World War lighter weight bomber jackets became fashionable for fighter pilots, but especially bomber crews, hence the name. In the post-war period, these flyer jackets became increasingly popular among civilians with the bomber jacket becoming an icon of the 1950s. It's popularity received a further boost after Tom Cruse sported his Iconic Top Gun flying jacket in 1986. Undoubtedly the leather flying (bomber) jacket will remain a classic for the foreseeable future.

This flyer jacket includes a faux-trimmed detachable borg collar and smooth dark brown leather on the outside. It also has an IWM-designed bespoke red and blue Poly Satin Spitfire lining.

Our military leather jacket is made with 100% leather which has been hand-stained by artisans. Each item is therefore unique in its characteristics and may have some variations in tone. Due to the nature of the hand staining process, colour transfer may occur, please avoid contact with pale fabrics, surfaces and wet conditions.

Please use a suitable water repellent to maintain the lifespan of this item.

Flying Jacket Specifications:

  • 100% Leather. Poly Satin Lining.
  • Handmade
  • Sheepskin collar


Size (chest) CM Inches
Small 89 34-36
Medium 94 36-38
Large 99 38-40
Extra Large 110 42-44

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