American B-6 converted by the RAF for wear by a RAF fighter pilot



American B-6 converted by the RAF for wear by an RAF fighter pilot

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This was purchased from a gentleman who was given it some years ago by an ex RAF pilot. In good condition. One tear to left arm and a small tear to right. The jacket has been modified to fit someone of larger preportions. Zip marked AM for Air Ministry.

A little bit of history “Standardised on June 12th 1939, the B-6 shearling flying jacket was a lighter weight alternative to the B-3, and categorised in the ‘Intermediate Zone’ for flight clothing.

Made from 1/4 inch sheep shearling it was intended to fill the intermediate gap between the lightweight A-2, which was often not warm enough, and the heavier weight B-3.

It was especially popular among fighter pilots of the pre and early war period; earlier fighter aircraft were without heating, (the P-38 was particularly cold), so an insulated jacket of some description was necessary. Being less bulky than the B-3 it better suited the cramped environment of the fighter cockpit.

Unlike all other sheepskin flight jackets the B-6 is uniquely cut in that it is slightly longer in the torso, and with a flared lower section; normally a flight jacket will not go past the bend in the body so as to avoid bunching when sitting down. Hence it could be worn without the companion A-5 sheepskin trousers but still give adequate cover to lower back and haunches. To each side (at the hip) a zip was placed so the flare could be drawn in when standing, and relaxed when sitting down.”

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