THE BIRTH AND REBIRTH OF THE A-1 FLIGHT JACKET
by Alan Cornett
Many of our classic clothing designs spring from sport or the military. The A-1 flight jacket has a history with both.
Before there were military specifications to formalize the design for aviation use, what became the A-1 began as a common civilian jacket. Used for hunting, golf, and other leisure activities, we really don’t know exactly who designed these proto-A-1s, or when they were first made.
The Army Air Corps codified the A-1 model flight jacket specifications in 1927. These specifications described a jacket made of olive drab capeskin with knit waist, cuffs, and stand up collar.