Original WW2 USAAF B-7 Arctic Sheepskin Leather Parka. Extreme Cold Weather Flight Jacket

Original WW2 USAAF B-7 Arctic Sheepskin Leather Parka. Extreme Cold Weather Flight Jacket

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In production for only one year during WWII, the great B-7 Parka was an essential asset in the protection of pilots and ground crews stationed in the bitterly cold climates of Alaska. With plummeting temperatures and unheated cockpits at altitudes of up to 20,000 feet, a heavy duty piece of outerwear was needed to keep out the chill and the specifically designed three quarter length, plush shearling and fur trimmed B-7 jacket fit the bill perfectly.

This is BY FAR the nicest we have ever had or seen. The rarity involved in these coats is not only down to the limited numbers produced, but also to how easily soiled and destroyed they were in the environment in which they were used. The fact that they were white often lead them to get noticeably COVERED in aircraft dirt, grease, and oil. Which is how we usually get them. Torn to shreds and covered in filth.

This example, although it does have some cool period repairs (zipper may have been replaced during the war as well. Can't tell for sure), is FAIRLY clean compared to all others that we have had. There are a few small marks and stains (The worst of which is by the repair patch on the left arm as pictured), but a leather worker and/ or dry cleaner could have this piece glowing. It also has the tag, and remnants of the original Army Air Force stencil on the arm. These are one of the most sought after and cherished garments from the second World War, and with the incredibly beautiful design, it is no wonder why.

Marked size 46
Measurements:
pit to pit 24"
shoulder to shoulder 20"
shoulder to cuff 25.5"
shoulder to bottom 35.5"

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