We feel confident that our version of the World famous RAF Sheepskin Flying Jacket surpasses all others on the market today. Our buckles are die cast from originals, we have perfect repro Air Ministry zippers, every detail recreates the original jacket whether it's a Pre WW2 model such as this particular jacket with it's large panels or a late WW2 multi panelled version, every detail is recreated so we can guaranteed that nothing about Aero's RAF jacket will let it down when compared to an original.
In 1919 an American Leslie Irvin, made the first ever free fall parachute descent using a home made Parachute constructed on a borrowed sewing machine. The new invention was an instant success and became known as the Irvin parachute.
By the early 1930's was in service with some 40 air forces around the world. Irvin opened production facilities in the UK in 1926 at the Irvin Parachute Co., in Letchworth, Herts, where the famous RAF Sheepskin Flying Jacket was to be "born".
The first of these jackets, popularly known as "The Irvin", went into production in 1931. The early pre-war jackets were almost exclusively manufactured without horizontal seaming. The RAF only issued one sheepskin flying jacket during WWII and not all were made by The Irvin Parachute Co, but were outsourced to several contractors as the Irvin factory concentrated on the parachutes.
Standard size range is 34" to 48" inclusive, other sizes are available by special order