The MA-1 bomber jacket also known as the MA-1 flight jacket was first developed in the mid-1950s and was needed at that time because the emergence of the jet age created new requirements for pilot performance, safety and comfort. The MA-1 was designed by the US Air Force to serve as an intermediate weight flight jacket for use all year. This was accomplished by manufacturing the MA-1 from very high quality nylon fabrics and polyester interlinings. The light weight nylon design allowed the pilot in warm weather to wear the jacket open and be comfortable then upon entering the aircraft, the pilot could zip the MA-1 closed and gain ample protection against the cold conditions encountered in flight. The lining was coloured in high impact bright orange so the jacket could be worn inside out in emergency situations when visibility of personnel was crucial.
Although it was only issued to pilots up until the late 1970's, it is now possibly the most popular clothing item ever designed by the United States military forces. It has become a firm favourite with different social groups and has been worn en masse by bikers, scooter boys, mods and skins as well as being worn as an all-purpose durable jacket by people worldwide!
This warm and comfortable MA-1flight jacket is made of durable and windproof nylon, featuring a heavy-duty front zipper, two side pockets, two inner pockets, all with press stud fastening and one pen/utility pocket on the left sleeve.