This is one of the rarest flight jackets of WW2.
Although the introduction of a heavy sheepskin flying jacket, the Type B3, was very popular with flight crews, at anything but the highest altitudes the B3 proved too bulky and cumbersome even in the relatively roomy heavy bombers, and impossible to wear in the cramped confines of a fighter cockpit. The AAF's answer to this dilemma was to produce a lightweight sheepskin in 1939, very much along the lines of the D1, but with a bi-swing back, adjustable cuffs and epaulets.
This stylish Flight Jacket has other unusual features- the side adjustment features a unique zip closure waist adjustment method, drawing the bottom of the jacket in at the waist. The cuffs fasten by stud, and the B6 is the only AAF Shearling Jacket with epaulettes.
B6's had the lowest survival rate of all the AAF WWII sheepskin jackets, and an original B6 jacket is a very rare item indeed. The rarest of the rare of course is a Redskin B-6. Although some of the early versions were made in what had now become known as "redskin" sheepskin (a term not used during WWII) the vast majority were made in the standard seal brown.
Our Jacket uses matching Russet Horsehide trim and original Aero Beacon NY patterns, and as Aero were the major B6 contractor during WWII (a few B-6 jackets were made by Bristol Manufacturing) we follow the AAF design faithfully as made by Aero Beacon New York in 1942